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Still Life: Fruit

Artist:
Severin Roesen (American (born Prussia), Boppard-am-Rhein 1816–72?)
Date:
1855
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 x 50 in. (91.4 x 127 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1963
Accession Number:
63.99
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736
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 in cultivation and transportation.
Signature: [at lower left]: S. Roesen. / 1855
with H. and R. Sandor, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1963
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