Adolphe Félix Cals
The Prime Rib
Oil on canvas signed lower left Cals 21.5 x 16 cm
Charming little still life, elegant and sensual.
Cals turned to painting in the studio of Léon Cogniet in 1828. Count Doria became his patron and invited him to his castle in Orrouy.
From 1869 to 1870 he painted landscapes of the Valois, interiors, women's studies, portraits acquired by the Count's friends.
In 1863, Cals exhibited at the Salon des Refusés alongside Monet, Degas and Pissarro. Influenced by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and Johan Barthold Jongkind, he worked in grayer tones, less fauvist, closer to the Impressionists, as Victor Jannesson pointed out in a book on Cals dated 1913.
Divided between Paris and Honfleur since 1871, he finally decided to settle in 1873 in this Norman port where many painters stayed. A friend of Jongking, he frequented the resident painters of the Saint-Siméon farm and even painted the farm on the spot.