Still Life with Bottles and a Cowrie Shell


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Still Life with Bottles and a Cowrie Shell Color Version (F 64, JH 537) by Vincent van Gogh
Still Life with Bottles and a Cowrie Shell
Oil on canvas on panel
30.5 × 40 cm (12.0 × 15.7 in)
Private collection
Painted November 1884, Nuenen
F 64, JH 537

One of many small still life paintings Vincent did in this period, there is scant reference to them in his letters other than mentioning his teaching lessons with some local people, and that they were working on similar paintings. Some of the other still life paintings from this period are interesting as they are recto-verso paintings, or painted on both sides of the canvas.

As with so many earlier works that are now held in private collections there is no excellent image available. The color image above has been colorized digitally, and the best of the black and white photographs is included below.

ALSO KNOWN AS
Still Life with Mantelpiece Ornament, Cowrie Shell, Ink Bottles, and Smoking Set

PROVENANCE
H. P. Bremmer, The Hague;
F. Bremmer, The Hague;
Centraal Museum, Utrecht (Loan from F. Bremmer);
R. van de Maele, Bellegem (1966-7);
R. Bouve Westende, Belgium (1967);
Sale London (Sotheby's) 3 July 1968;
Private collection.

Alternate Image
Still Life with Bottles and a Cowrie Shell (F 64, JH 537) by Vincent van Gogh