Fine Art

Jan Hendrik Eversen

Dutch, 1906 - 1995

Still Life with Lemon and Oyster

Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 20 inches (40 x 50.8 cm)
Signed: J Eversen 1939


Private Collection, NY

Johannes Eversen was born in the Hague.  He studied under William Johan Lampe, going on to study at the Heatherley School of Fine Art.  He originally painted portraits in watercolor while under Johan Lampe, but soon developed his now very recognizable, high quality, detailed style of still life painting in the manner of the 17th Century Dutch Masters.  His first one man show was held in 1938, exhibiting the next year for the first time at the Royal Academy.  He exhibited annually at the Royal Academy from 1955-1970.

Our painting is a very early example by the artist. In the tradition of Dutch Old Masters, he artistically arranges the items on a marvelously draped table. The glass pitcher of red wine is behind the pewter plate with a peeled lemon and oyster, while the pewter cup is casually overturned at the front of the of the composition. The vibrant colors of the rug draping the scene echoes the color of the red wine and is complimented by the yellow lemon. All items enticing the viewer to join in on the activities!