The Empty Bottle, Théodule Ribot
Théodule Ribot
The Empty Bottle
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Théodule Ribot

The Empty Bottle, ca. 1876 – 1881


Dimensions
74.2 x 93.2 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2460
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 with means provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest
Status
On display

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About the Work

Half-naked and unnaturally contorted, the figure of a drunken man lies on the floor. His grotesque face stares at the viewer, his arm wearily clutching the empty bottle of wine. The dramatic dark-light contrast testifies to Ribot’s stylistic leaning towards examples of Baroque painting, whereas the noticeably crude application of paint is radically modern. Almost abstract is the markedly flat brushstroke that glaringly stands out from the upper middle of the picture space. With such daring compositions, Ribot became, along with his contemporary Gustave Courbet, an important exponent of French Realism.

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Title
The Empty Bottle
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: t. Ribot.
Bezeichnet auf dem Keilrahmen oben rechts in Schwarz: „Le Pontif[e] Romain a-t-il droit sur la treille?“ / „Non!“ / „Vidons donc la bouteille“

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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 with means provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest

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  • 41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase
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16.09.2019