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Arts Everyday Living: The Poetry of Still Lifes–From Teapots to Roses to the Beauty of a Fan

  Emil Carlsen (1853-1932) was born and grew up in Denmark, but emigrated to the United States around the age of 20.  Carlsen is often admired for his remarkable still lifes.  Note the variety of subjects and accompanying palette of colors, from the rather austere culinary objects of Study in Gray to the rich, decorative arrangement […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Optical Illusion—Books, Books, and More Books!

William Harnett, Still Life with Dutch Jar and Bust of Dante, 1884, oil on wood panel, Worcester Art Museum, MA


American artists John F. Peto (1857-1907) and William Harnett (1848-1892) were contemporaries and colleagues specializing in tromp l’oeil still lifes of super-realistic objects, creating a sense of optical illusion.


John F. Peto, In the Library, 1900, oil on canvas, Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

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