Exhibition American Encounters
The Simple Pleasures of Still Life
from February 4, 2015 to April 27, 2015
This exhibition is part of a long-term partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, and was made possible through their generous support.
Media partner: Art Absolument
Final installment of the “American Encounters” series, this exhibition provides a new opportunity to foster dialogue on American painting, by exploring the rise of still-life painting during the 19th century.
Still life began as a rather confidential practice, as American painters had a preference for portrait or landscape paintings, which garnered greater interest from patrons. Raphaelle Peale (1774–1825), considered the first American painter of still life, won renown for his austere and efficient style with a focus on products cultivated on American soil, as in Corn and Cantaloupe. With the emergence of wealthy collectors interested in the Dutch Golden Age still lifes, artists like Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904) made a specialty of particularly elaborate paintings with subtle symbolism.
The Civil War led to an abrupt change. Still-life painters like William Harnett (1848–1892) renewed their focus on characteristically American objects, specializing in trompe-l’oeil with a willingly symbolic and sometimes subversive resonance.
Guillaume Faroult, Curator, Department of Paintings, Musée du Louvre, and Stephanie Mayer Heydt, Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
From February 4 to April 27, 2015
Denon wing, room 32, Gainsborough
Included with museum ticket: €12
Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
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