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Still Life, c. 1765

Henri-Horace Roland de la Porte

French, c.1724-1793
Oil on canvas
20-7/8 x 25-1/2 in. (53 x 64.8 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Henri-Horace Roland de la Porte, who studied with Jean-Baptiste Oudry, is frequently cited as a close follower of Chardin. In fact, his brushwork is dryer and more meticulous than Chardin’s. Roland de la Porte did follow his illustrious rival in his choice of everyday objects. The same is true for the light source, which comes from the upper left, and throws the objects into relief as it highlights them against an indistinct background. In his still lifes, he brought the Rococo paradox—the suggestion of extravagance and informality accomplished with meticulous technique—to its zenith.

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