Food for Thought(945 views)
Description: Oil on panel. Signed on verso.
Condition Report: Excellent Condition
Notes: This painting is a magical still life done in the 17th and 18th century Dutch tradition. The fruit is at its peak and just on the edge of decline, as shown by the spots and insects. The books as well are worn and used, signifying that even these have a limited shelf life. The Botticelli image appears to have come to life, and is holding the apple with the wooden hand, and leafing through pages with a ghost hand. The apple is a reference to the apple from the Garden of Eden, the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The caterpillar and the butterfly represent change, and a mind transformed through new understanding. An animated lock looks at the reading man, having been placed there to lock up certain books and keep their secrets. A face appears in the candle smoke, perhaps as a long-lost author of one of the books. The artist has hidden a self portraitin the reflection in the glass, peering through the window and watching the magic in his own mind.
Dimensions: 30 x 24 inches
Artist or Maker: Batchelor, Jeffrey
Medium: Oil on canvas