34 1/8 x 44 1/8 in
Fine Art Society, 1998
Private Collection, UK
Lefevre 1939 (5 as ‘Fish’ or 11 as ‘Stuffed Fish’);
Ben Uri, ‘Mark Gertler: A New Perspective', 2002 (43), illus. p. 28, catalogue p. 31.
J. Woodeson, Mark Gertler (Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, 1972), p. 390;
S. MacDougall, Mark Gertler: A New Perspective (ex. cat. Ben Uri, 2002), p. 22 ‘Gertler ended, as he began, with the Still Life, demonstrating a final clarification of colour and design, with compositions centred on familiar props – here a pair of stuffed fish and a Spanish fan. These paintings signal Gertler’s interest in the late cubism of Picasso and synthetic cubism of Juan Gris, and his late work employs a semi-cubist structure informed by these movements to balance complex combinations of curved and geometrical forms against the sheer ebullience of an ever-more brilliant palette. Sometimes, Gertler breaks all the rules of colour, placing blue against orange, or orange against pink, yet ultimately reconciling the whole through the use of an internal frame or the careful positioning of a black line (in a manner which invites comparison with the work of Georges Rouault).’