I came across this painting by Fanny Churburg in the Helsinki Ateneum earlier this year, and was struck by it. There’s something very bold about this painting and the style is looser than seems to have been the norm for her. I was tempted to post some of her other still lifes – there’s a great one with some fish and a cauliflower – but they just looked too prissy next to this. I wonder if she’d been inspired by another artist like Cezanne when she painted this, or was just experimenting. Either way this wouldn’t look out of place in a 1920s Bloomsbury Sussex cottage, although I believe it’s about half a century older.

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