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Rubens Peale : Still Life with Apples, Grapes, and Pears
Rubens Peale (Still Life with Apples, Grapes, and Pears)

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Artist: Rubens Peale
Title: Still Life with Apples, Grapes, and Pears
Year: 1857
Media: Oil on canvas, 18 x 27 inches
Description: Rediscovered after nearly 100 years, this picture, executed when Rubens Peale was seventy-two, is in excellent condition and is accompanied by a beautiful period frame.

Rubens Peale had constant exposure to the arts through his family and its museums, but it was not until he was seventy-one that he made a sincere commitment to painting. While more than half of his works were original compositions, Rubens frequently copied the works of family and friends. This work—a copy of a picture by his uncle, James Peale, Sr. (1749–1831)—is inscribed on the back of the canvas: “1857/Copied by Rubens Peale/aged 72/by from [sic] the original by/James Peale”

This still life was executed during Rubens’ retirement at Woodland Farm, in Schuylkill River County, PA. At the farm, he kept a diary in which he recorded a comprehensive list of his paintings with dates of commencement and completion. For the year 1857, the diary describes in detail several similarly titled still lifes copied from works by James Peale, Sr.

This picture typifies Rubens’ ability to carefully render difficult compositions, delicate textures and intricate lighting arrangements, all of which were hallmarks of the Peale Family’s most accomplished painters. It is a wonderful example of his facility as a painter.


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