(b. 1610, Paris, d. 1696, Paris)

Still-Life with Cherries, Strawberries and Gooseberries

Oil on panel, 31 x 48,5 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena

Moillon's Still-Life with Cherries, Strawberries and Gooseberries in the Pasadena collection shows the humbler side of her art. Again, there is no emotional or romantic involvement with the subject, only an obsession with the appearance of ripe fruits. They are not even made appetizing, as were the sumptuous banquets depicted by the Dutch.

Moillon's unswerving sense of detachment in her art inevitably led to questions about her Frenchness, but in fact she was simply a courageous individualist, unlike most French still-life and flower painters, who were happy to imitate, usually in a weaker manner, the styles and compositions that were typical of Dutch and Flemish artists.

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