Sunday, March 19, 2017

American Still-Life Paintings - Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


"...68 works highlight the development of the still-life genre in America over the course of nearly 200 years..."


Be reminded that you have until April 9, 2017 to see "Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  In this exhibition, 68 works highlight the development of the still-life genre in America over the course of nearly 200 years.

Unsure why, in the mid-eighties I used to rip still-life images by Emil Carlsen and Joseph Decker out of “Art and Auction" magazine, and place them in my “Art File.”  Surely I was drawn to Decker’s exquisite rendering of fruit, with snatches of decay, blemishes and flies.  Years later in 2004 the National Gallery of Art purchased Decker’s “Ripening Pears” for $1,000,000.  Emil Carlsen I believe entered my “file” because his handling of ceramics, metal and cloth, as well as shadow and light, indicated deep reverence for Chardin. And Carlsen indeed went to Paris in 1875 and was influenced by Chardin.

This lovely exhibition has three paintings by Carlsen, and a breathtaking “pears” by Decker.

Image: Raphaelle Peale, Orange and Book, c. 1817, oil on canvas, the Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection