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Title Flowers and Fruit
Collection Victoria and Albert Museum
Artist Robie, Jean Baptiste (Belgian painter, 18211910)
Date 1863 (dated)
Signed yes
Description A woodland landscape by a river bank with a still life of ferns and pink and white flowers and a basket of rasberries on a rock at the lower right. Jean Baptiste Robie was a Belgian artist who primarily painted flower and fruit still lifes and game-pieces in the tradition of seventeenth century Dutch still life paintings but with a new, brighter colour palette and a softer, more Romantic, nineteenth-century aspect. Robie appears to have carefully constructed each of his compositions which include emphatic verticals, visible here in the prominent tree-trunks, and assigned each a particular colour palette, here the work is dominated by whites, pinks and reds against grey/green landscape background.
Current Accession Number 1045-1886
Inscription front ll 'J. Robie Bruxelles 1863'
Subject still life (flowers; roses; fruit; raspberries)
Measurements 132 x 98.7 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon 1886.
Publications W. Shaw Sparrow, 'The Dixon Bequest at Bethnal Green', Magazine of Art, XV, 1892; Kauffmann, C.M., Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, II. 1800-1900, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, p. 87, cat. no. 188; Brigitte Schuermans, Jean Robie, 1821-1910, Bruxelles, 2008.
Notes Joshua Dixon (1811-1885), was the son of Abraham Dixon of Whitehaven and brother of George Dixon (who was head of the foreign merchants firm of Rabone Brothers in Birmingham 1883-98). He was educated at Leeds Grammar School, was deputy chairman of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway Company 1869-70 and died at Winslade, near Exeter, 7 December 1885. He bequeathed all his collection of drawings, watercolours and oil paintings to the Bethnal Green Museum; they have since been transferred to the V&A. He also collected engravings, Japanese vases and panels, and bronze and marble sculpture.
Rights Owner © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Author Jennifer Sliwka



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