Still Life with Fruit Cakes and Wine by Raphaelle Peale was created in 1821. The painting is in Minneapolis Institute of Art. The size of the work is 26,6 x 44,4 cm and is made of oil on panel.
Raphaelle Peale painted still lifes at a time when doing so was not popular. Portraits like those by his father, the painter Charles Willson Peale, were more prestigious. Though considered suitable for amateurs, still lifes were generally regarded as beneath professional artists like the Peale family. But in his later years Raphaelle concentrated on them, becoming the first professional still-life painter in the United States. Still Life with Fruit, Cakes, and Wine, which includes dates and hazelnuts, was likely a Christmas gift. Read more in Minneapolis Institute of Art.
About the Artist: American painter Raphaelle Peale was born in Annapolis, Maryland. Raphaelle was trained by his father as an artist. Early in his career, the pair collaborated on portraits. In 1793, he made a trip to South America in order to collect specimens for the Peale Museum founded by his father. He exhibited five portraits and eight other paintings, probably still lifes, at the Columbianum, Philadelphia in 1794… Read more
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