Sunday, May 29, 2022

Who Painted This #67

The art history challenge this week is to work out what all the answers are from ONLY HALF A PAINTING - and where I might have seen it in 2018.

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Who Painted This #67? - and the rest (see below)

Below you can find 

  • The details of how to participate in this art history challenge  
  • the rules of the challenge 
  • the answer to last week re. Who Painted this #66
  • the names of all the people who got most or all of the answer correct
  • who provided the best answer last week - which gives you an idea of what a good answer looks like
Your answers will be published next Sunday - before the next challenge.

How to participate in "Who painted this? #67

Tell me the story of this painting as best you can!

This is how "Who painted this?" works.
This is about using brains not technology - so please do NOT "cheat".
Briefly, in your comment ON THIS POST you must tell me ALL or as many of the following as you can:
  • the title of the artwork
  • the name of the artist who created this artwork
  • the date it was created
  • the media used
  • where it lives now
  • how you know all this eg how did you do your search
  • anything else you can find out about the artwork and/or artist - tell its story!
The Winner of this week's challenge is the first identifiable person (i.e. no anonymous guesses) who, in my judgement, is 
  • the first person to get to the answer by fair means 
  • AND provides the best quality answer in terms of added details about the artwork and artist
Remember also
  • no use of Google image search or Tineye to find the image allowed 
  • this is a traditional web search of images using words only plus "hit the books" time
  • I don't publish the comments until next week's post.
Comments on this blog post will only be published once a week - on the following Sunday.

(You wouldn't believe how many spam comments I'm having to identify and delete each week because of this challenge!!)

Who Painted This? #66

Last week's challenge was just that a real challenge and I enjoyed reading your answers as to who you thought it might be and how you arrived at your answer - even the wrong ones! :)

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you read the comments on Who painted this? #66 for anybody still trying to grasp how to respond to my challenge.

Some tips:
  • knowledge of art history periods and styles of painting helps a lot
  • using different browsers is always recommended
  • intelligent use of words to generate images that might be possibles is essential
  • visiting exhibitions helps 
  • hitting the books or the art history website to refine and determine is very likely!
Last week, those that excluded the word "cat" (at the back of the painting) from your searches will have been faced with too high a mountain to climb!  As it is the search query for "paintings of fish and cat" generates more than one artist. "Still Life with fish and cat" narrows it down somewhat and then it's down to looking for similarities - or the painting!

Other paintings of the same name "Still Life with Fish and Cat" included:
I'm sympathetic to those who guessed Chardin. He'd have certainly been on my short list - however the artist predates Chardin....

Still Life with Fish and a Cat
Alexander Adriaenssen (1587–1661)
York Art Gallery

Title of the artwork: Still Life with Fish and a Cat
Description: A table tilted slightly towards the spectator; on the left a cat peers over a plate of fish surrounded by oysters; on the right a basket containing dead birds and fish on a tureen.
Name of the artist who created this artwork: Alexander Adriaenssen (1587-1661)
Date it was created: 1631
Media used: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Support: Height 46.9 cm (18.4 in); Width 64.4 cm (25.3 in)
Where it lives now: York Museums Trust

I saw the painting in the National Gallery when four paintings from the Trust were loaned to the Gallery due to a redevelopment at York Art Gallery
One of the most important collections resides at York Art Gallery, which is currently closed for a major redevelopment project until 2015. During this period four paintings will be on display at the National Gallery.

Visitors to the National Gallery will be able to see Alexander Adriaenssen the Elder's Still Life with Fish and Cat, Annibale Carracci's Portrait of Monsignor Agucchi, William Etty's Portrait of Mlle Rachel and Parmigianino's Portrait of a Man with a Book. (Loans from York Art Gallery)
York Art Gallery opened in 1892. Its fine art collection has been developed through a series of purchases, gifts and bequests. The 'Still Life with Fish and Cat' by Andriaenssen was part of local entrepreneur John Burton's bequest in 1882.

Alexander Adriaenssen is not a painter whose name I knew - but his 60 or so paintings of fish and even more of other still life are splendid. 

Who guessed correct?

I think I liked Hazel Brent's answer best - but was also hugely entertained by the long and winding hunt of Ray Heaton who had the most complete answer and was the only person who got that I'd seen it at the National Gallery when it was on loan.

I sympathise with Loza - who like me was convinced it probably was connected to Chardin!

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  1. This is La table painted in oils by Pierre Bonnard in 1925. It belongs to the Tate Gallery. I saw it in Paris in 1984 in a Bonnard exhibition at the Centre Pompidou and I got this information from my catalogue of the exhibition which was also shown at the Phillips Collection in Washington and also in Dallas, the same year.

  2. Bonnard 'the table' in the Tate collection but not currently on show. I was chuffed to bits to go straight to it. I didn't know the painting, but I thought 'that looks like Bonnard' and there it was. I went to the exhibition of his work at Tate Modern, though I don't actually remember this one being in that, and that was early 2019 so can't have been where you saw it. I came home massively enthused by his colour, but extremely worried by what looked very like a toxic co-dependent relationship with his wife, especially as he went on painting her as a young woman right into old age. There is an almost mesmeric quality to a lot of his interiors which as a photographer striving to capture atmosphere I would love to emulate.

  3. I recognized this as an impressionist work so started my search using impressionism table seated woman. When I didn't find any results started using the artist's name in the search. Started with Cezanne,Matisse,Mary Cassatt, and Pierre Bonnard. I am currently using Esconia as my primary search engine. Find it very fast and accurate.
    Title The Table
    Painted 1925
    Purchased by the Courtland Fund in 1926 for Tate Museum. His first painting to enter Tate's collection.
    Oil on canvas 102.9 x 74.3 cm
    This painting was part of an exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum in NY 2009 #15
    Bonnard is well known for his domestic scenes of everyday life.
    The woman is probably his wife Martha, preparing a simple meal.
    Acquired from the artist by Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris
    Independent Gallery, London
    presented by the Trustees of the Courtauld Fund to the Tate Gallery, 1926

  4. Name of painting - The Table (La Table)
    Artist - Pierre Bonnard
    Date - 1925
    Media - Oil on Canvas
    Dimensions - 1029 x 743 mm
    Where it lives - Tate though not currently on show
    Bought by the Tate in 1926 as part of 19 paintings made possible by a gift of £50000 from the Courtald Fund ( you'd need more than£50 million to buy them now). The figure at the top of the painting is his wife Marthe who features in many of his paintings.
    The painting was included in Tate Modern's Bonnard exhibition in 2019 - the Guardian reviewed this and this has a nice paragraph on this painting - see
    Search - I thought it was by Bonnard and guessed it was a breakfast table so Googled Bonnard Breakfast Table. He did in fact paint a breakfast table but fortunately this search also returned other paintings with the word table in the title including this one.
    I don't know where you saw it in 2018. The only Bonnard exhibition I could find in that year was in Tokyo although I think it unlikely this painting was included as the exhibition was mainly taken from the Musee d'Orsay.

  5. The breakthrough for me was realising this was an impressionist painting...
    After a variety of searches around "painting child table" with or without "lemons" "bowl" "feast" and in desperation "birthday", and futile attempts to narrow down medium or location I tried "impressionist painting child table birthdya food" [typo included] and struck it lucky.
    The second image shown (after pinterest wanting to show me "art party foods") was from the Tate's website showing The Table/La Table, by Pierre Bonnard, 1925.
    Oil on canvas (so my earlier searches using "oil painting" were on track).
    The painting was bought as a result of the Courtauld Fund, established in 1924 to support the Tate Gallery in acquiring impressionist and post-impressionist works.The Table was acquired only a year after it was made, and was the first work by Bonnard to enter the Tate Collection.
    On further digging it appears I misidentified the "child" who is believed to be Marthe Bonnard, the artist's wife. And in further news to me, she is looking towards a dog whose muzzle is faintly visible on the left, and seems to be preparing its food in a bowl. I mean, I see it now, but that isn't what I thought was going on.

  6. the title of the artwork - La Table (The Table)
    the name of the artist who created this artwork - Pierre Bonnard
    the date it was created - 1925
    the media used - oil on canvas, and it is 40.5 x 29.5 inches
    where it lives now - Tate Museum
    how you know all this eg how did you do your search - I Google-searched Pierre Bonnard paintings and after quite a long two day search, this popped up!
    anything else you can find out about the artwork and/or artist - tell its story! - this is a cut and paste from the Tate website: This painting was bought as a result of the Courtauld Fund. In January 1924 the wealthy textile manufacturer Samuel Courtauld gave the large sum of £50,000 to create a trust for buying Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works for the Tate Gallery. Between 1924 and 1927 the Trust bought nineteen paintings by artists such as Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Paul C├ęzanne. This donation transformed the Tate’s Collection of modern art by non-British artists. This significant painting was acquired only a year after it was made, and was the first work by Bonnard to enter the Tate Collection.

    Thank you Katherine, I love "who painted this" and I usually don't know, but I knew right away this was a Bonnard!


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