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Still Life With Fruit, Goblet, and Canary (Nature's Bounty)

Title: Still Life With Fruit, Goblet, and Canary (Nature's Bounty)
Artist: Roesen, Severin   
Date of Work: 1851
Medium/Support: oil on canvas
Measurements: 28 3/4 x 36 in (73 x 91.4 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed and dated
Inscription Location: lower right
Inscription Text: S. Roesen. 1851.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wickersham June and the J. M. Kaplan Fund, Inc.
Acquisition Number: 962.188.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"Like tightly coiled springs, the tendrils supply the energy that drives the painting. Their tautness is echoed elsewhere, especially in the canary that focuses intently on a tiny white moth. Although grapes are the dominant fruit, they are less persuasively painted than the segmented orange beside the white porcelain plate. This area of the painting is that of greatest interest, with plate, wineglass, bird, and orange elegantly arranged--a still life within a still life."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 126
Categories: White House Art Collection  
Type: still lifes   
Orientation: Landscape
Image ID: 219
Date (chronological sort): 1851