Still Life
c. 1765
Henri-Horace Roland de la Porte (French, c.1724-1793)
Not on View

Henri-Horace Roland de la Porte, who studied with Jean-Baptiste Oudry, is frequently cited as a close follower of Chardin. In fact, his brushwork is dryer and more meticulous than Chardin’s. Roland de la Porte did follow his illustrious rival in his choice of everyday objects. The same is true for the light source, which comes from the upper left, and throws the objects into relief as it highlights them against an indistinct background. In his still lifes, he brought the Rococo paradox—the suggestion of extravagance and informality accomplished with meticulous technique—to its zenith.


  • Artist Name: Henri-Horace Roland de la Porte (French, c.1724-1793)
  • Title: Still Life
  • Date: c. 1765
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 20-7/8 x 25-1/2 in. (53 x 64.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1968.48.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

Henri Leroux, Versailles (sale, Paris, Palais Galliéra, 23 March 1968, lot 86, ill., as Nature morte).
[Old Masters Galleries, London, offered 16 October 1968 and subsequently sold November/December 1968 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.


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Hommage a Chardin, Au profit de la Société des Amis du Louvre

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Winter Exhibition of Fine Paintings of the European School

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Three Centuries of French Art: Selections from The Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and The Norton Simon Foundation_1

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  • Faré, Michel, La Nature Morte en France: Son histoire et son évolution du XVIIe au XXe siècle, 1962, vol. I, p. 167; vol II, fig. 375 p. 167
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