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Still Life with Mice

Lodewik Susi, Flemish, active 1616–1620
Oil on panel
Made in
Belgium, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 238
13 3/4 x 18 5/16 in. (34.9 x 46.5 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Public Domain
Object Number
The artist has assembled sweets and fruits, including apples, sugared almonds, gingersticks, a lemon, and an orange, in a way that seems casual but was actually the result of careful planning. Diagonals echo other diagonals while the apple and reflective plate are offset by the citrus fruits. The picture may refer to the vanity of the physical world since the ripened apple exhibits decay and mice sometimes symbolize death or sin. It could also be a celebration of costly confections.
1946 -
Kleinberger Galleries, Paris, France [1]

Newhouse Galleries, New York, NY, USA [2]

- 1949
A. F. Mondschein (Frederick Mont), New York, NY

1949 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Frederick Mont [3]

[1] According to the Kleinberger stockcard, the painting was purchased on March 25, 1946. The annotation does not include the name of the previous owner [Kleinberger Records, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; copy, SLAM document files].

[2] In a letter dated November 7, 1980, Clyde Newhouse confirmed that Newhouse Galleries once owned the painting, but he did not indicate when [SLAM document files].

[3] Invoice dated April 23, 1949 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, April 7, 1949.
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