Still Life with Cake
Compare this work by Raphaelle Peale with a painting by Severin Roesen. Unlike the latter, a lavish display that fills the canvas, the work here seems bare, almost empty. They suggest a restraint that perhaps reflects the impoverished circumstances of the artist's life. This follows a simple compositional structure typical of his painting, with a few objects arranged on as ledge before an indistinct background. 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.
- Artist: Raphaelle Peale, American, 1774-1825
- Medium: Oil on panel
- Dates: 1822
- Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 11 5/16 in. (24.1 x 28.7 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Raphaelle Peale Jany: 1st. 1822"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 24.72
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Raphaelle Peale (American, 1774-1825). Still Life with Cake, 1822. Oil on panel, 9 1/2 x 11 5/16 in. (24.1 x 28.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 24.72
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)