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Still Life

Alfred Hirv Still Life 1909 oil, canvas 54 × 62.7 cm

We see a classical still life in this painting, where there are several elements that recurred in Hirv’s works: a bottle, grapes, a basket, and so on. Not one of these objects found its way into this composition by chance. Hirv, who often painted a postcard-sized preliminary sketch before starting work on the painting, very carefully composes this composition of objects, where every item should be in its proper place.