Mackerel on a Plate is by a part-Scottish, part-Irish painter called William Scott. He was very interested in arranging shapes together, and made simple pictures that look really bold. He liked to paint still-lifes – like food, flowers and everyday objects. He painted lots of pictures of fish and kitchen things lying on a bare table.
He said ‘I find beauty in plainness’, because he saw that normal things can be special, when you look at them closely. This painting will be at Tate St Ives until May 2013, so you can go and see it for yourself!
Why do you think the kitchen is so dark? Who do you think caught this fish? Who will eat it? Will anyone get the chance to eat it, or will a cat pinch it?