ROSES, GRAPES, JEWELLERY BOX AND MEDIEVAL GOBLET
Oil on panel: 57.5 x 41.5 cm / 22.6 x 16.3 in
Signed lower left
Painter of landscapes and still lifes with flowers and fruit. Orientalist.
Jean-Baptiste Robie was self-taught. He made his debut as a painter of realism. Little by little, his palette lightened and he gave more atmosphere to his works. He specialised in still lifes with flowers, objects and fruit. He travelled to Upper Egypt, Syria, Italy, Spain, England and Palestine. He published travel accounts and, in 1866, “Les débuts d’un peintre”, a partly autobiographical work.
Robie was held in high esteem for his rich palette and his meticulously executed still lifes.
Brussels 1821 - St-Gilles (Brussels) 1910
Brussels - Brussels City Hall - Ghent
P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 513.
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Flower Painters; Belgian and Dutch Artists born between 1750 and 1880", Knokke 1995, p. 33-34 & 323-327.