Flowers and fruit

Jean-Baptiste Robie1877

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

One of the Gallery’s earliest acquisitions, this picture came from the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879–80. Much admired, notably for the marvellous imitation of the opalescent hues of the shell set in a gold goblet, it was awarded a ‘first degree of merit special’ and a small silver medal. The contrived arrangements typical of the artist allowed him to demonstrate his skill at painting precious man-made objects as well as fruit and flowers.

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  • Title: Flowers and fruit
  • Creator: Jean-Baptiste Robie
  • Date Created: 1877
  • Physical Dimensions: 116.2 x 89.0 cm panel; 163.3 x 136.7 x 16.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Source unknown, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Sydney International Exhibition, 17 September 1879 - 20 April 1880.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1879
  • Medium: oil on wood panel
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.r., black paint "J. Robie 1877".
  • Object Other Titles: Fruits and flowers; Fruit and flowers
  • Artist Country: Belgium