Still Life with Fruit
In the mid-nineteenth century, still-life painting underwent a revival in the northeastern United States, a vibrant displays of flowers, fruits, and tableware became the preferred decoration for the dining room. Working in style indebted to Dutch models, which presented a multitude of fruits and flowers, the émigré 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 satisfying sense of wealth and abundance.
- Artist: Severin Roesen, American, active in America 1848-1871
- 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"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 67.9
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Severin Roesen (American, active in America 1848-1871). 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
- Record Completeness: Best (91%)