French Still Life with Birds, 1877


A rare 19th Century French Still Life of two dead songbirds, suspended..upon a dark ground.

In the Victorian era these birds could have represented a number of meanings.. Memento Mori..a reminder of ones mortality, intended to inspire an inspiration for living life. Christmas cards with the image of a dead bird signified the need to empathize with those less fortunate and a reminder that new beginnings, begin with the new year.

Whichever meaning the artist intended,  this beautiful painting portrays a powerful message to the viewer.

Oil on canvas, signed lower left (indistinct) and dated 1877.

Original gilt wood frame with aged patina.

Great original condition, an old patch repair verso not seen from the front. A hanger will be added to the back prior to delivery.

Measures including frame: 27cm high, 21.5cm wide.

*The photograph with the painting on the bookshelf was taken on a dark stormy day with low light*

*Dispatch will be October 11th if sold prior*

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 30 × 5 × 30 cm

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