Still Life with Shell, Water Glass and Spoon, Louis Eysen
Louis Eysen
Still Life with Shell, Water Glass and Spoon
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Louis Eysen

Still Life with Shell, Water Glass and Spoon, 1869

23 x 48.2 cm
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
Inventory Number
SG 637
Acquired in 1938
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 3


About the Work

No pomp, no effects, just frugality and silent dignity. The artist is restrained, both in the number of objects he depicts and the colours he uses. Eysen seeks harmony, not contrast, and chooses similar surface structures and colours. He focuses the centre of attention on the smooth surface of the shell in shades of grey and brown. Unlike the vanitas still lifes of the Baroque era, whose pictorial motifs always involve a deeper symbolic meaning, the interest here lies in the object itself.

Work Data

Basic Information

Still Life with Shell, Water Glass and Spoon
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet oben links: II.; unten rechts: 6/69.

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1938

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 41E still life of miscellaneous objects
  • 41C34 dinner-service

Research and Discussion


Object History
Martin Flersheim (1856-1935), Frankfurt am Main
Nachlass Martin Flersheim, 1935
verkauft durch Fritz Mertens (Rechtsanwalt und Notar der Flersheims) an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Juni 1938
Verbleib in der Sammlung nach Vereinbarung mit den Erben nach Florence Flersheim geb. Livingston, 1864-1950) lt. Magistratsbeschluss vom 25. September 1950.


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