Chaim Soutine's Carcass of Beef was influenced and somewhat inspired by Rembrandt's Slaughtered Ox, which is shown below. Rembrandt's painting has been associated with the crucifixion of Christ in the way that the legs of the ox resemble Christ's arms on the cross. Though, Soutine's version of this painting looks less like the story that Rembrandt's painting has been linked to.
To make this painting, Soutine took a decaying carcass from a butcher in his town, drug it to his apartment where it sat while he painted it. His neighbors didn't like the smell after a few hours or days of sitting in the apartment building and they asked him to remove it from his room.
Carcass of Beef was also mentioned in the movie Mona Lisa Smile as a class of art history students are asked if it is any good.
There is a poem written about Soutine's painting, which is also entitled "Carcass of Beef".
This poem is by Rick Mullin and it describes the painting of the Carcass of Beef by Cahim Soutine.
They’d broken through the old brick wall in Castaing’s
carriage house, a renovation under way.