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Still-life with Peaches

Raphaelle Peale, American, (February 17, 1774–March 5, 1825)

Creation date: ca. 1816
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Museum purchase through the Earle W. Grant Acquisition Fund
Accession Number: 1981.38.3
State/Province: Pennsylvania
Dimensions: 13 1/4 in. (33.66 cm)
Currently on view


Vose Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts ( - 1981)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1981 - )

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Peale was born in Annapolis, Maryland, but raised in Philadelphia, a center of American art. He preferred still lifes even though he was an able portrait painter and portraits were more lucrative. Around 1812, Peale began to focus on still lifes, as his ill health interfered with his ability to interact with sitters. By the early 1820s, he was devoted to still lifes. In fact, Peale was one of the first American painters to make the still life the focus of his oeuvre. Often, a sense of anatomy in his still lifes augments his compositions. Here, the branches of the peach on the left might reference hungry fingers plucking a fruit from the display. Like this painting, his still lifes tend to emphasize the horizontal plane and exhibit an overall restraint as opposed to the depiction of abundant forms.
Last Updated: 7/27/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Permanent Collections exhibit , 8/31/1981 - 00/00/00

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013

Art of the United States The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/24/2013 - 10/22/2013

Modern and Contemporary , 12/21/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of the Americas San Diego Museum of Art , 12/23/2013 - 00/00/00

American Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/26/2016 - 8/15/2021


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 150

Carol Walker Aten and Anne Schmoll. Vose Galleries of Boston, Inc.: Vose Galleries of Boston, Inc.. Boston, Massachusetts, 1987
Page Number: 27, Figure Number: 27

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 162, Figure Number: 162

Page Number: Cover

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