Amon Carter Adds Important Still Life to Its Collection

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has added an important painting to its collection.  Peaches and Grapes in a Chinese Export Basket (1813) by Raphaelle Peale (1774–1825) was recently purchased in memory of the museum’s founder Ruth Carter Stevenson (1913–2013). The painting will be on view beginning July 29 in the main gallery. Considered the first American still-life … Continue reading Amon Carter Adds Important Still Life to Its Collection

Notable Object — A Different C.P. Ream

William Gerdts, in his book For Beauty and For Truth, told the story of how he amassed his extraordinary collection of American still-life paintings. One of his sub-specializations is collecting still-life by artists who normally did not paint them. In the 1960s, he was offered two still life paintings by David Johnson for one hundred … Continue reading Notable Object — A Different C.P. Ream

A Pastel Painting at Doyle

Learned from this single painting, I feel the charm of still-lifes. It is the fact that they are of common daily objects that enable us to easily distinguish and identify those of true artistic values: The greatest still life does not imitate the nature but demands eyes to revisit and reexamine the familiarity in the subconsciousness of unknown and challenges our minds to see the world with freshness and inspiration. One nice painting came upon Doyle Auction on Wed, July 15. [Read More...]