Still Life with Dead Birds and a Basket of Oysters

Germain Ribot (French, 1845-1893)c. 1860–80

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Against a dark brown background, Ribot painted a basket filled with oysters. Light coming from the left is gently cast over the wicker basket. A dead magpie, with its white chest and long black beak, emerges from the shadows at the left. This bird, along with the partridge in the foreground, the jay toward the back, and what appears to be a sparrow at the right, are probably located in a kitchen, where preparations for cooking will soon begin. Germain Ribot, who painted genre (everyday life) scenes and still lifes, was the son of the more famous Théodule-Augustin Ribot (1823-1891), known for his working-class and peasant subjects.

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  • Title: Still Life with Dead Birds and a Basket of Oysters
  • Creator: Germain Ribot (French, 1845-1893)
  • Date Created: c. 1860–80
  • Physical Dimensions: Unframed: 46 x 55.3 cm (18 1/8 x 21 3/4 in.)
  • Provenance: K. Wyndham. Sale, London, Christie's, 1 April 1977 (lot 105, repr.), Huîtres et perdrix, for £1,700 to Shepherd Gallery, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin, Cleveland. Bequeathed to the CMA in 1980
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1980.281
  • Medium: oil on fabric
  • Inscriptions: Signed lower left: Germain Ribot
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Noah L. Butkin
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1980.281

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