Still Life: Balsam Apple and Vegetables

James Peale American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 756

This painting dates from a peak period of James Peale's career. While he typically used somber colors and linear forms, his use of vivid colors and painterly execution in this work suggest that it is a somewhat experimental exercise. With its focus on lavish vegetable forms, this work resembles still lifes of the Spanish school. The vegetables are, from left to right, okra, blue-green cabbage, crinkly Savoy cabbage, Hubbard squash, eggplant, balsam apple, tomatoes, and purple-red cabbage.

#4336. Still Life: Balsam Apple and Vegetables

Still Life: Balsam Apple and Vegetables, James Peale (American, Chestertown, Maryland 1749–1831 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Oil on canvas, American

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