An English Table, 1991
Oil on canvas, 28 x 22
Collection of Mrs. Harold B. Finch
An English Table was commissioned. Gjertson was invited by the clients to browse through their home and choose items to paint from their collection. He selected those that harmonized in size, shape and color. An antique English table provided an ideal base for the objects, the drawer allowing a whisp of scarf to peek out and balance the arrangement of color and values. The client wanted to include a specific kind of azalea and, when the time was right, delivered it to his studio. He had complete artistic freedom and control throughout the entire process. Gjertson dislikes painting inanimate objects so his still lifes always include flowers and fruit. He considers them to be an extension of the French still life tradition that was brought to perfection in the best work of Henri Fantin-Latour. He strives for a refined finished work, one that is sensitively rendered, skillfully crafted and harmoniously designed.
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