Still Life with Three Castles Tobacco
William Michael Harnett
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890
As the still-life genre became increasingly popular with collectors in the late nineteenth century, artists turned toward what was considered a more masculine subject matter, featuring the trophies of hunting or, as in this composition, pipes, jugs, books, and newspapers. William Michael Harnett’s works were favored by New York businessmen, who enjoyed them for their clever illusionistic style (seen in the way the newspaper juts forward) and their references to masculine pastimes.
Oil on canvas
10 3/4 x 15 in. (27.3 x 38.1 cm)
frame: 17 x 21 x 2 3/4 in. (43.2 x 53.3 x 7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left (initials in monogram): "W M HARNETT / 1880"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
William Michael Harnett (American, 1848-1892). Still Life with Three Castles Tobacco, 1880. Oil on canvas, 10 3/4 x 15 in. (27.3 x 38.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 41.221 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CONS.41.221_1948_xrs_view01.jpg)
xray, CONS.41.221_1948_xrs_view01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1948
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