NEW YORK, NY -- Although the 18th-century Royal Academy in London considered still life painting the most trivial of themes for artists to pursue, in 19th-century America, still life, first championed by the prolific Peale family, exploded in popularity. Offerings in the upcoming sale feature exquisite examples encompassing a broad range of movements: from the quietly lush composition of Mary Jane Peale (Lot 62) with an apple just past its prime (a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of life) to a 20th century riff on a 19th century theme by the surrealist John Wilde (Lot 80). In between are a bevy of beauties: William Mason Brown’s deceptively simple painting of strawberries in a bowl resting on a green book (Lot 63); George Forster’s signature still life incorporating carefully rendered nuts and fruit flies (Lot 64); and De Scott Evans’s trompe l’oeil pair (Lot 65) of hanging fruits – apples in one composition and pears in the other – on deceptively realistic faux boards.
George Cochran Lambdin’s Spring Blossoms (Lot 73) beautifully captures the “fine silky texture of the petals” he describes in his 1884 essay about his favorite flower, the rose, in The Art Union Magazine. William Michael Harnett’s austerely handsome rendering, The Pipe Rack (The Artist’s Pipe Rack) (Lot 77) depicts one of his iconic subjects. Two wonderful floral still lifes by John William Hill (Lot 66) and John Casilear (Lot 72) are rare and wonderful explorations of an unusual theme by artists best known for their endeavors in landscape.
Rarely has Doyle offered a sale so rich in still life. We invite you to enjoy this feast for the eyes.
American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts
Auction: Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 10am
Exhibition: Sat, Sept 30, 10am - 5pm / Oct 1, Noon - 5pm / Mon, Oct 2, 10am - 6pm
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