The mastery of reflection is served up on Thircoult’s silver tray in this painting. Thircoult was a mid-century French genre painter. This exquisite still life is very impressive from a technical standpoint. Depicting reflective surfaces opens an entire wormhole of artistic issues including lighting gradation and variation, the demand it creates on other pieces of the composition. It is difficult enough to draw a convincing orange, even more difficult to draw both the contour available to the eye, and also usually-unseen contour that is revealed by the reflection.
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