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Still Life with Peaches

Raphaelle Peale

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890
A Poor Man’s Still Lifes

With a few objects arranged on a ledge before an indistinct background, Raphaelle Peale’s paintings suggest a restraint that perhaps reflects the impoverished circumstances of the artist’s life. Still Life with Cake portrays only a blemished apple, raisins, and a “poor man’s pound cake,” usually made from leftover dough, to which sugar or nutmeg would be added. In Still Life with Peaches, the relatively expensive dessert bowl adds refinement to the composition, but in all likelihood, Peale did not own it.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
DATES 1821
DIMENSIONS 12 13/16 x 19 5/16 in. (32.5 x 49 cm) frame: 19 1/16 x 25 9/16 x 2 1/2 in. (48.4 x 64.9 x 6.4 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Raphaelle Peale Septr. 14th. 1821."
CREDIT LINE Caroline H. Polhemus Fund
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