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Still Life: Balsam Apple and Vegetables

Artist:
James Peale (American, Chestertown, Maryland 1749–1831 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date:
ca. 1820s
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
20 1/4 x 26 1/2 in. (51.4 x 67.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.52
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 756
This painting dates from a peak period of James Peale's career. While he typically used somber colors and linear forms, his use of vivid colors and painterly execution in this work suggest that it is a somewhat experimental exercise. With its focus on lavish vegetable forms, this work resembles still lifes of the Spanish school. The vegetables are, from left to right, okra, blue-green cabbage, crinkly Savoy cabbage, Hubbard squash, eggplant, balsam apple, tomatoes, and purple-red cabbage.
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