Melon Cut in Half

Josef Navrátil

Josef Navrátil - Melon Cut in Half
Inspired by trends in West European art,in the 1850s Navrátil turned his attention to realistic still-lifes. He found many ideas in the shop of his friend Jan Chlumecký, who dealt in exotic spices, wine and fruit. His models were the still-lifes of old Dutch painters and of the French painter Siméon Chardin. Navrátil's studies of delicatessen and fruit bespeak his desire to depict reality - their salient features are plasticity of form and attenuated colours. In his still-lifes the pink and cold pale-blue hues of his gouache landscapes are replaced by a pleasant combination of colours with a predominance of green and brown values. With colours and flat, unfailing brush-strokes Navrátil masterfully rendered the structure, softness and juiciness of the fruit he painted.
measurements: height 22,5 cm
width 27,5 cm
material: paperboard
technique: oil
inventory number: O 5100
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism