Still Life with Frying Pan and Red Cabbage1979 by Louisa Matthíasdóttir
Still Life with Frying Pan and Red Cabbage depicts a collection of objects drawn from Louisa Matthiasdottir's immediate domestic environment. Its title is characteristically spare and descriptive. The eponymous cabbage and frying pan are placed on a table with a blue and white cloth whose surface dominates this large canvas. They sit among a variety of other kitchen utensils and produce, such as an orange, a coffee-pot and a butternut squash. A circular mirror behind the table partially reflects the carefully arranged objects. The lower section of the painting is criss-crossed by a busy network of disjointed diagonals and recedes from the viewer. In contrast to this, the upper section, which depicts the wall and mirror beyond the table, is flat and largely devoid of detail. Its vertical plane is continuous with that of the wall upon which the painting itself might hang. The depicted...
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