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Still Life: Fruit  1855

by Severin Roesen

Originally a porcelain painter, Roesen came to New York around 1848, possibly as a result of political upheavals in his native Germany. His lavish, highly detailed still-lifes celebrate nature’s bounty while showcasing his technical virtuosity. Such depictions of abundance reflected the increasing availability and variety of fruit in this period, the result of improvements...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art