Robert S. Duncanson, 1849 - Still Life - fine art print
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Original information about the artwork by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (© - by Los Angeles County Museum of Art - www.lacma.org)
Still-life paintings are rare in Duncanson’s oeuvre. Seven canvases are known today. The decorations Duncanson created from 1848 to 1850 for Belmont, the home of his patron Nicholas Longworth (now the Taft Museum, Cincinnati), may have stimulated his interest in such subject matter. Although painted in a different, more rococo style, the decorative panels included two overdoor designs of fruit and flowers in vases. Longworth was not only a lawyer and a major patron of the arts but one of the finest horticulturists in America. He played a major role in the commercialization of grapes and cultivation of strawberries. However, in none of Duncanson’s located still, lifes did the artist focus on grapes. Rather, in the fashion of most still-life specialists, he included a variety of food: apples, grapes, oranges, raisins, nuts, pineapples, and honeycombs. The last two items were considered exotic and often were included in Victorian still lifes; in the South the pineapple was a symbol of hospitality. Still Life is a transitional piece, exhibiting characteristics typical of both early- and midnineteenth-century American still-life paintings, due in part to the date of the painting and to the fact that it was painted in a frontier environment, which slightly lagged behind the East in artistic developments. In the tradition of paintings by the Peale family, the fruit and nuts are arranged on a bare, wood table with a dark background and strong lighting. Duncanson’s composition is more elaborate than the spare, neoclassical arrangements of Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825) and closer to those by James Peale (1749-1831) and younger Peale children. In fact, Sarah Miriam Peale (1800-1885) extended the Peale influence to the West when she moved to Saint Louis in 1847. The arched format was a later, more Victorian element, however, used by SEVERIN ROESEN and many other artists of the 1850s and 1860s. Two other Duncanson still-life paintings (Detroit Institute of Arts and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) have similar compositional treatments and formats. However, in these two, following mid-century fashion, the still-life elements are set on a white tablecloth rather than a bare wooden table. In complexity of arrangement, the museum’s still life seems to be midway between the Corcoran Gallery picture, the least complex, and that in the Detroit Institute, the most complex. Duncanson exhibited his fruit still-life paintings at state fairs and art displays in Detroit, Cincinnati, and New York during the late 1840s and 1850s. While not all the exhibits can be definitely identified with known works, it is probable that the museum’s still life was shown at one time, possibly at the Western Art Union or Detroit Gallery of Fine Arts in Fireman’s Hall.
In 1849 the American painter Robert S. Duncanson created the 19th century artpiece. The more than 170 years old original creation was painted with the size 16 1/4 x 20 3/16 in (41 x 51,28 cm) and was manufactured with the medium oil on canvas. Besides, this artpiece is in the the art collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is located in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. With courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (www.lacma.org) (public domain).: . What is more, the alignment of the digital reproduction is in landscape format with a side ratio of 1.2 : 1, meaning that the length is 20% longer than the width.
Details on the unique work of art
|Title of the work of art:||"Still Life"|
|Generic term:||modern art|
|Age of artwork:||more than 170 years|
|Artwork original medium:||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions of the original work of art:||16 1/4 x 20 3/16 in (41 x 51,28 cm)|
|Museum / location:||Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
|Museum location:||Los Angeles, California, United States of America|
|Web page:||Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
|Artwork license type:||public domain|
|Courtesy of:||Los Angeles County Museum of Art (www.lacma.org)|
|Article classification:||fine art reproduction|
|Method of reproduction:||digital reproduction|
|Production process:||UV print / digital printing|
|Type of stock:||on demand production|
|Intended usage:||home décor, wall art|
|Side ratio:||length to width 1.2 : 1|
|Side ratio implication:||the length is 20% longer than the width|
|Available choices:||canvas print, poster print (canvas paper), metal print (aluminium dibond), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating)|
|Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) size options:||60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"|
|Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) sizes:||60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"|
|Poster print (canvas paper) size options:||60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"|
|Aluminium print (aluminium dibond material):||60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"|
|Picture frame:||not available|
General information about the artist
|Artist name:||Robert S. Duncanson|
|Professions of the artist:||painter|
|Home country:||United States|
|Classification of the artist:||modern artist|
|Died aged:||51 years|
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