Still Life with Rayfish

Chaim Soutine French, born Lithuania

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In this unsettling adaptation of Jean-Siméon Chardin's The Rayfish (ca. 1725–26), Soutine paired the fish's bloody entrails with a smiling, almost humanlike mouth. He reanimated the dead ray by concentrating on its vibrant underbelly and used thick, fluid brushstrokes to suggest slick flesh.

Still Life with Rayfish, Chaim Soutine (French (born Lithuania), Smilovitchi 1893–1943 Paris), Oil on canvas

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