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Title Still Life with a Copper Kettle, Candlestick and Flowers in a Glass
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Mathieu, Alexis (French artist, active mid 19th century)
Date 1866 (dated)
Signed yes
Description This is possibly Mathieu's Salon entry for 1866, as the catalogue for that year records a 'tableau nature morte signé Mathieu'. Alexis Mathieu was a painter of still lifes; a student of Billou, he exhibited from 1866 to 1870. This still life is reminiscent of country life, with the rustic kettle and the flowers scattered on the table. It allowed the artist to show his skills at depicting reflections on various textures such as glass, brass and silver. Still life became much more of a genre of its own in the second half of the nineteenth century, when a number of emerging avant-garde artists practised their skills at representing inanimate objects in a new manner.
Current Accession Number B.M.986
Former Accession Number No. 16m
Inscription front lr 'A. Mathieu. / 1866'
Subject still life
Measurements 32 x 24 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Provenance Bought from Lepautre by Bowes, 28 April 1867, 14 francs 70.
Principal Exhibitions Salon de 1866, Paris, 1866, cat. no.1316.
Notes This is no. 16m in the 1877 MSS List. Joséphine Bowes also included this painting in her list of artists living in 1866, no. 16, under the title Nature Morte. Bouilloire, Chandelier; Verre avec Fleurs. She gave it a value of 50 francs. The 1866 Salon catalogue entry states that Alexis Mathieu was born in Paris and is a student of Billou.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Maylis Hopewell-Curie



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