Still Life with Pear and Insects, Justus Juncker
Justus Juncker
Still Life with Pear and Insects
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Justus Juncker

Still Life with Pear and Insects, 1765


Dimensions
25.8 x 21.4 x 1.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Inventory Number
1615
Acquisition
Acquired in 1920 as a bequest from Minna Roberth
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

The artist has depicted a pear on the scale of 1:1 - a pear on a stone pedestal, overripe and attracting insects. The contemporaries of the Frankfurt painter recognised immediately that they were witnessing a break with "the art of the appropriate". What should really be seen on a pedestal of this kind was a "heroic" subject and not an "ordinary fruit". But the representation makes clear the change in the significance of the still life during the eighteenth century. Suddenly the focus was on the beauty of the object and not only its symbolic content.

About the Acquisition

The artist Minna Roberth (1851–1920) was a resident of Kronberg and associated with the artists’ colony there. In her will, she bequeathed a number of paintings to the Städel Museum along with several books and works on paper. She specifically proposed the then director of the Städel, Georg Swarzenski, as the expert who should determine whether the artworks were suitable for the museum’s collection. In her list of items included in the bequest, the donor referred to the two Juncker paintings as ‘2 Breakfasts’.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Still Life with Pear and Insects
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert an der rechten Seite des Steinsockels: Juncker f 1765

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1920 as a bequest from Minna Roberth

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Associated Persons and Institutions

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Primary
Secondary
  • 48C244(+62) pedestal of a piece of sculpture (perhaps in the form of a herm) (+ stone ~ arts)

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Last update

22.10.2020