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Title Still Life
Original Translation Nature Morte
Collection Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Ribot, Augustin Théodule (French painter and printmaker, 1823-1891)
Previously attributed to Ribot, Germain Theodore (French, 1893-)
Date Earliest possibly about 1858
Date Latest possibly about 1870
Signed yes
Description Théodule-Augustin Ribot trained himself as an artist whilst working as a book-keeper near Rouen. Born in 1823, it was not until the late 1850s that he begain producing his own paintings for sale, concentrating mainly on still lives, painted by lamplight in the evenings. Rejected by the Salon of 1859, alongside artists such as Alphonse Legros, James McNeil Whistler and Henri Fantin-Latour, Ribot and his friends began to exhibit in the studio of their contemporary, François Bonvin. In 1861 he was finally accepted by the Salon, where he exhibited paintings of cooks, later in life turning to more pious and religious subject matter. During the Franco-Prussian War, in 1870, Ribot's studio was invaded, and many of his works destroyed. He painted little after the late 1870s when his health began to fail him. The Berwick work is painted in a loose manner, more characteristic of Ribot's later works than his early days as a painter.
Current Accession Number BERMG:1460
Inscription front lr 'T. Ribot'
Subject still life (meat, fish, figs)
Measurements 34.1 x 46.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Sir William and Lady Burrell 1949.
Publications Denney, C., 'Exhibitions in Artists' Studios: François Bonvin's 1859 Salon des Refusés', Gazette des Beaux Arts, vol. 122, September 1993.
Notes Labels verso 'No.3 11 PICT'; '5. Still life - Roast Beef, Kidney, etc (oil) Théodule Ridot'; 'Ribot, Augustin, T. (1823 -1891) French School Still life, Roast Beef, Kidneys'; stamped on back: ';52 R; L;' The work is recorded in Burrell's purchase books for 1948 in the list of paintings destined for Berwick, as costing £300.0.0, but no other information is given. There has been some confusion in recent years over the painter of this work - Théodule Augustin or Germain Theodore Ribot, also a nineteenth-century painter of similar subject matter. However, the signature of the Berwick work, when compared with others, unequivacably shows that is by the former.
Rights Owner Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Museum and Art Gallery
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel
 

 

 

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