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.
Raphaelle Peale; Deception; after 1813 and before 1825; oil on panel.
Raphaelle Peale; Still Life – book and orange; 1815; oil on panel.
Raphaelle Peale; Alluding to the Infinite; 1813; oil on panel.
Rembrandt Peale; Rubens Peale with a Geranium; 1813; oil on canvas.
Raphaelle Peale; Still Life with Dried Fish; 1815; oil on panel.
Raphaelle Peale; Cutlet and Vegetables; 1816; oil on panel.
John Archibald Woodside, Sr.; Still Life with Rabbits; 1827; oil on paper mounted on canvas.
Lily Martin Spencer; Peeling Onions; 1852; oil on canvas.
George Henry Hall; detail of September; 1852; oil on canvas.
John F. Francis; Still Life – Cognac and Biscuits; 1850; oil on canvas.
Ferdinand Richardt; Fruit and Plants with a Crystal Bowl; c.1850s; oil on canvas.
George Henry Hall; Red Peppers; 1887; oil on canvas.
John La Farge; Camellia in an Old Chinese Vase on a Black Lacquer Table; 1879; watercolor on paper.
Robert Blum; Flower Market, Tokyo, 1892-3; oil on canvas.
Unknown; Young woman interrupting her dusting to look at a translucent porcelain dish.
De Scott Evans; (painted) Cat in a (real) Crate; 1887; oil on canvas and wood.
William Michael Harnett; The Old Violin; 1886; oil on canvas.
Andrew Wyeth; Woodshed; 1944; tempera on panel.
Charles Sheeler; Still Life; 1938; oil on canvas.
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.