Still Life with Pears and Casserole, Ottilie W. Roederstein
Ottilie W. Roederstein
Still Life with Pears and Casserole
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Ottilie W. Roederstein

Still Life with Pears and Casserole, 1903

24.6 x 35.2 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1952 as a bequest of Elisabeth H. Winterhalter
Not on display


About the Work

Two pears and a casserole in front of a dark background in various shades of brown – Ottilie W. Roederstein’s main focus was on the objects’ different textures: on the matt green and the small dents in the pear skins as well as on the copper pot’s shimmering light surface reflections. After portraits, still lifes were the second most important genre in Roederstein’s work. In this way, she ostensibly conformed to the ideas of 19th century art world, which confined women artists to these two less prestigious genres. Roederstein, however, devoted herself to still lifes relatively late in life, towards the peak of her career. This small composition in the Städel Museum collection, painted in 1903, is one of the earliest surviving examples. With it, Roederstein invokes 18th century French and Dutch still lifes – including those by French painter Jean-Siméon Chardin, who was then very well-known and whom she greatly admired. With her work, she draws on this tradition.

Work Data

Basic Information

Still Life with Pears and Casserole
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signed and dated bottom right: OWR (W and R in ligature) 1903
Work Catalogues
  • Rök 1999, WVZ Nr. 599
  • Jughenn, WVZ. Nr. 1903-5

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1952 as a bequest of Elisabeth H. Winterhalter

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 22C5 reflection (light in general)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Nachlass Ottilie W. Roederstein (1859-1937), Hofheim, 1937
Elisabeth H. Winterhalter (1856-1952), Hofheim
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1952.


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