John William Hill
Departing from the traditional still-life arrangement of fruit on a tabletop in an interior, Hill places two exotic pineapples, somewhat incongruously, in a natural bower of mosses, ferns, and grasses. His unusual subject and his technique both reflect the manner of William Henry Hunt, John Ruskin’s favorite English watercolor still-life specialist. Tiny stippled brushstrokes, often in unmixed colors, meticulously define each object, producing a vividly realized tapestry of brilliant hues and varied textures.
Watercolor on paper
10 1/2 x 15 1/8 in. (26.7 x 38.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "J.W. Hill"
Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
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John William Hill (American, 1812-1879). Pineapples, ca. 1864. Watercolor on paper, 10 1/2 x 15 1/8 in. (26.7 x 38.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 84.149 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.149_SL3.jpg)
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