The Colors of Still Life

The colour is draining out of the natural world and filling up our museums.

 A sample from an exhibition of still life paintings created in the United States from 1800 to 1980 mounted at the Philadelphia Musuem of Art.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-01

Raphaelle Peale; Deception; after 1813 and before 1825; oil on panel.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-04

Raphaelle Peale; Still Life – book and orange; 1815; oil on panel.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-02

Raphaelle Peale; Alluding to the Infinite; 1813; oil on panel.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-05

Rembrandt Peale; Rubens Peale with a Geranium; 1813; oil on canvas.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-06

James Peale; Still Life with Vegetables; 1826; oil on canvas 

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-07

Raphaelle Peale; Still Life with Dried Fish; 1815; oil on panel.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-08

Raphaelle Peale; Cutlet and Vegetables; 1816; oil on panel.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-09

John Archibald Woodside, Sr.; Still Life with Rabbits; 1827; oil on paper mounted on canvas.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-10

Lily Martin Spencer; Peeling Onions; 1852; oil on canvas.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-12

George Henry Hall; detail of September; 1852; oil on canvas.

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John F. Francis; Still Life – Cognac and Biscuits; 1850; oil on canvas.

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Ferdinand Richardt; Fruit and Plants with a Crystal Bowl; c.1850s; oil on canvas.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-20

George Henry Hall; Red Peppers; 1887; oil on canvas.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-24

John La Farge; Camellia in an Old Chinese Vase on a Black Lacquer Table; 1879; watercolor on paper.

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Robert Blum; Flower Market, Tokyo, 1892-3; oil on canvas.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-28

Unknown; Young woman interrupting her dusting to look at a translucent porcelain dish.

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De Scott Evans; (painted) Cat in a (real) Crate; 1887; oil on canvas and wood.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-32

William Michael Harnett; The Old Violin; 1886; oil on canvas.

Still Life from Audubon to Warhol, PMA, November 2015-33

Andrew Wyeth; Woodshed; 1944; tempera on panel.

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Charles Sheeler; Still Life; 1938; oil on canvas.

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Andy Warhol; Brillo Boxes; 1964; ink and screenprint on wood.

The featured image is Wrapped Oranges painted by William McCloskey in 1889.  Oil on canvas.

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