Eye Candy for Today: Raphaelle Peale’s strawberries

Still Life with Strawberries and Nuts, Raphaelle Peale
Still Life with Strawberries and Nuts, Raphaelle Peale

Link is to a large image found on NPR, there is another, smaller and somewhat darker image on Wikipedia. The original is in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Raphaelle Peale, one of Charles Wilson Peale’s artistic (and artistically named) sons, was America’s first dedicated still life painter, pursuing the genre at a time when is was considered less than important.

Here his keen, calm observation revels in the different surfaces of the fruit, nuts, leaves, glass, porcelain and the simple wooden shelf on which they sit. I particularly love his deft rendering of the orange, delicately suggesting its texture in subtle touches.

Note the size of the strawberries in comparison to the hazelnuts and almonds. These are wild strawberries, not the bloated tasteless genetic monstrosities the industrial growers shovel into our supermarkets. (Who told the food industry we wanted giant fruit, anyway?)

One Reply to “Eye Candy for Today: Raphaelle Peale’s strawberries”

  1. Yes, wild strawberries! Agree with you, this is the case “bigger is NOT better”.
    And dates: I love it when they are still hang on their dried stems, it’s such a tactile pleasure to pull them off.

    Wonderful still life, thank you Ch.

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