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Still Life with Brioche, Fruit and Vegetables

A glass bowl, a brioche, a basket of peaches and a bunch of horseradishes have been arranged against a dark background on a cracked marble slab. The refined simplicity of the picture is typical of Anne Vallayer-Coster – one of the most successful women artists of 18th-century France. The still-life painting of Chardin, which dominated the first half of the century, was an important starting point …