Genre & Material
Where can I find this masterpiece in Berlin?
A glass cheese cover is standing on a shelf in the corner of the room, covering half a dozen grey-white mouldy cheese. Hanging on a wall behind that are two freshly captured partridges, above that three smaller chickens, perhaps quails. Following the diagonal on the right side of the picture are two filled preserving glasses. One of them has red fruits or vegetables in it – the only touch of colour in the otherwise brown, grey, white and beige dominating picture. His monochrome use of colour and the concept of still life is comparable with that of other Dutch masters. However Schuch breaks that tradition by applying colour. He leaves the trail of a realistic rendition of the character and places colours as surfaces next to each other. From afar, it seems as if the cheese, partridges and preserving glasses were melting into each other, but from close up it disintegrates into several surfaces which detaches itself from the contents. Thus focusing on the appliance of paint and the charisma of colour.
ART@Berlin: Carl Schuch – Still Life with Partridges and Cheese