still life with grapes of various colors and grapevines and leaves, melon, peaches, raspberries, blackberries, plums, oranges, apples, lemon; goblet with water with lemon at L; basket at center bottom, white pedestal plate at top left

Abundant Fruit, 1858

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Oil on canvasexpand_more

Gift of Don and Diana Lee Luckerexpand_more  2005.96

These fruits do not all ripen at the same time and would not have appeared together on a 19th-century table. The artist chose symbolism over accuracy: a wealth of fruit speaks of the abundance and prosperity of the young United States. Severin Roesen, a German immigrant who had trained as porcelain painter, was among the most accomplished American still-life painters of the 1800s. He arrived in America around 1848 and worked in New York and Philadelphia before settling about 1860 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he remained until his death. Most remarkable is the sheer size of this painting. Only six works of this scale attributable to Roesen are known today.

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Title
Abundant Fruit
Artist Life
(born Germany), 1815 - 1872
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2005.96
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still life with grapes of various colors and grapevines and leaves, melon, peaches, raspberries, blackberries, plums, oranges, apples, lemon; goblet with water with lemon at L; basket at center bottom, white pedestal plate at top left