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Still Life with Fruit

Severin Roesen

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890
In the mid-nineteenth century, still-life painting underwent a revival in the northeastern United States. Working in a style based on Dutch models, which depicted a multitude of fruits and flowers, Severin Roesen cultivated a popular following with the German community in Pennsylvania. This composition, one of his most elaborate, portrays a grand arrangement of various fruits, a bird’s nest, and a finely painted glass of water, and conveys a sense of wealth and abundance.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1860
DIMENSIONS 40 1/16 x 50 1/8 in. (101.7 x 127.3 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right (initials in monogram): "S Roesen"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Severin Roesen (American, born Germany, ca. 1815-after 1872). Still Life with Fruit, ca. 1860. Oil on canvas, 40 1/16 x 50 1/8 in. (101.7 x 127.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 67.9 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 67.9_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 67.9_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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