Still Life with Peaches
On View: American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
With a few objects arranged on a ledge before an indistinct background, Raphaelle Peale’s paintings suggest a restraint that perhaps reflects the impoverished circumstances of the artist’s life. In Still Life with Peaches, the relatively expensive dessert bowl adds refinement to the composition, but in all likelihood, Peale did not himself own it. 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.
Oil on panel
12 13/16 x 19 5/16 in. (32.5 x 49 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "Raphaelle Peale Septr. 14th. 1821."
Caroline H. Polhemus Fund
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Raphaelle Peale (American, 1774-1825). Still Life with Peaches, 1821. Oil on panel, 12 13/16 x 19 5/16 in. (32.5 x 49 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Caroline H. Polhemus Fund, 35.1865
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