Still Life with Fish on a Vending Counter, Jacob Foppens van Es
Jacob Foppens van Es
Still Life with Fish on a Vending Counter
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Jacob Foppens van Es

Still Life with Fish on a Vending Counter, ca. 1635 – 1640


Dimensions
86.7 x 219.4 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
691
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

In masterly fashion, this still life stages – on a scale of 1:1 – a whole variety of fish laid out on a kitchen bench. It may well have been commissioned by a Flemish fishmonger or fishmongers’ guild. The motif was thus not chosen primarily for its symbolic potential, but for tangible, practical reasons: both the patron and contemporary viewers will have understood the painting above all as a kind of certification of quality with respect to the merchandise offered for sale.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Still Life with Fish on a Vending Counter
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet an der Serviette rechts unten: V: ES: f:

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 41C68 fish; still life of fishes
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
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Christian Georg Schütz der Vetter (1758-1823), Frankfurt am Main
verkauft, fl 150, an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 9. Mai 1817.

Information

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Last update

11.08.2020