HUBERT BELLIS (1831-1902)

Still life with oysters and shrimps       

Oil on canvas 35.6 x 52.1cm; signed

Reproduction French 19thC Louis XV Revival
ogee frame with bead and rope, water gilded

Overall framed size 50.2 x 66.7cm

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Another of Bellis’s still life paintings which depicts fruit, flowers or seafood in careless heaps, evoking the abundance of a golden age. These are huge, juicy oysters – some still nestling in their pearly white shells, some already scooped out and eaten; whilst the lemon has been squeezed and left with pips protruding. Bellis’s style is painterly and descriptive, the light summoning up a warmly lit interior where the riches of the sea surround a glossy bottle in an enticing snack. Note the wonderful whiskeriness of the shrimps.

Biographical details

Hubert Bellis was a Belgian artist, specializing in still life paintings, mainly of fruit and flowers. He was born in Brussels in 1831 and died in 1902 at Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode; he attended the Académie de Bruxelles under François-Joseph Navez and Henri de Coene. Early in his career he worked as a portraitist; he then became a decorative painter, remaining so until 1875.

Works in public collections include Martita, and various paintings in the Musées d’Amiens, Amsterdam, Bruxelles, (Chrysanten), Liège, and Louvain.