This 20th century oil on canvas presents a still life that is carefully composed and well-balanced. The artist has used fine brushstrokes to portray a detailed array of tableware on a wooden top. We can detect the use of chiaroscuro, a technique in art that uses the contrast of light and shadow, giving the objects a sense of three-dimensionality and volume.
The artist has chosen not to hide the age and wear of the objects, and has deliberately chosen to include the staining on the plate and the discolouration on the pitcher in the middle, highlighting the functional and practical use of these objects in everyday life. The silverware stand strong and proud, with a robust and determined manner.
This painting provides a wonderful parallel to life’s journey – often filled with challenges and hardship, but a reminder that we should always persevere, and make the deliberate choice to to take pride in our scares and embrace it as part of our life story.
This is painted in acrylic on stretched canvas, and is in fine vintage condition.
Size: 30.3 x 40.6 cm