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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.


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