This work is quite unique within the pictorial production of the French painter Delacroix, since it is a peculiar still life titled Still life with bovagant and hunting and fishing trophies.
Although it was a genre that he did not work much, the truth is that it was quite common during the time of Romanticism. Although it must be taken into account thatEugene Delacroix(1798 – 1863) was totally different from any other artist of his time. That's why only he could be able to paint a landscape and a unique still life over it at the same time, and not only that, but he also manages to create a certain plot in the scene.
Delacroix Still Life
Yes, it is a still life but with a plot. Since we see a wide landscape of individualized hills and trees where the forms of two horsemen can be distinguished at mid-height, tiny in the breadth of the terrain, but clearly visible thanks to the red coats they wear. These characters would become the hunters. While in the foreground we can discover the still life itself with the different birds that these characters have already hunted or are going to hunt. However, that doesn't resolve the crustacean's presence there. Who knows? Perhaps it is telling us that they will go fishing later, or that they have gone before to catch those lobsters.
Actually, it's aboutof a work that the artist did on a personal whim, without any commission, so perhaps the subject is excessively trivialized to later try to sell the oil, which by the way is now kept in the Louvre in Paris. That is to say, the subject will be trivial, but the pictorial quality is typical of a master of the stature of Delacroix, capable of playing like no other with colors to give intensity to any scene, even a still life.
He painted the work when he was still young in 1827, that is, he was not yet thirty years old, although he had already made masterpieces such as The Massacre of Chios. At the time, Delacroix was heavily influenced by English painting. He even painted this canvas after atrip to Englandwhich, above all, helped him discover the magic of the landscapes ofJohn Constable, one of the influences most important in the art of him.