Amon Carter Museum acquires Raphaelle Peale work in memory of StevensonJuly 25, 2014
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Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825), Peaches and Grapes in a Chinese Export Basket, 1813, oil on panel, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, acquisition in memory of Ruth Carter Stevenson, President of the Board of Trustees, 1961-2013, with funds provided by the Ruth Carter Stevenson Memorial and Endowment Funds
"Raphaelle Peale is considered the first American still-life artist," says Andrew J. Walker, director of the Amon Carter. "His paintings established the tradition in this country, and they remain among the most magnificent images of their kind ever created. Adding this superb painting by Peale gives depth to the collection, and it also provides us an opportunity to tell the story of how still life became a respected art form."
Raised within a large family of talented artists, Raphaelle differentiated himself from his younger brother Rembrandt (1778-1860) by refraining from the more lucrative career of portraiture. He also distanced himself from his father, Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), by ignoring his disdain for the genre of still-life painting as an unsuitable pursuit for a professional artist. He did so at a time when the subject was at the bottom on the hierarchy of artistic genres.
"Raphaelle Peale's work was the foundation for notable American artists such as William Harnett, William McCloskey and John F. Peto, all of whom are represented in the Amon Carter collection," Walker says.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has acquired a Raphaelle Peale painting called "Peaches and Grapes in a Chinese Export Basket."
Museum officials in Fort Worth on Friday announced acquisition of the 1813 artwork.
It's the first work by Peale to enter the Amon Carter Museum collection. The still-life painting was purchased in memory of the museum's founder, Ruth Carter Stevenson, who died last year.
Experts say the painting, which goes on exhibit Tuesday, is one of Peale's earliest signed and dated pictures. The carefully composed, well-balanced painting displays the artist's skills at illusionism.
Museum director Andrew Walker says the painting provides an opportunity to tell the story of how still life became a respected art form.
Still life involves carefully arranged objects.