Melons and Morning Glories (Q20501039)

Label from: English (en)

genre: still life (Q170571)
artist: Raphaelle Peale (Q1374536)
collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
country of origin: United States of America (Q30)
material used: oil paint (Q296955) canvas (Q4259259)
depicts: still life (Q170571) watermelon (Q38645) seed (Q40763)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Google Arts & Culture asset ID: zQHnxGElRi1vfQ
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 19311

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: Raphaelle Peale's father, Charles Willson Peale, urged his son to paint portraits instead of still lifes, which brought an artist less prestige and fewer commissions. But still lifes suited Raphaelle, who also worked as a taxidermist. He painted this melon as if it were a body opened up for examination, detailing its fluids and flesh so that the painting suggests life, fertility, and death, all at once.Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
keywords Still life – flower – morning-glory Still life – fruit – watermelon

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