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Fruit Piece

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1860

Artist:

Hannah Brown Skeele
American, 1829–1901

About this artwork

This pristinely arranged still life by Hannah Brown Skeele features native-grown produce as well as imported specialties such as bananas, oranges, pineapple, and sugar cubes. Skeele skillfully rendered the various surfaces and textures of the food and tableware, and her composition was likely to appeal to middle- and upper-class consumers at midcentury. Born in Maine and active in Missouri, the artist exhibited Fruit Piece the year it was painted, then already in the collection of a Saint Louis businessman.

The tropical fruits and sweetener were products of empire. Enslaved and indentured laborers of color cultivated such crops in the West Indies and Central and South America. The goods were transported from those regions to New Orleans and then northward along the Mississippi River.

Status

On View, Gallery 173

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Hannah Brown Skeele

Title

Fruit Piece

Place

Saint Louis (Object made in)

Date

1860

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

50.8 × 60.6 cm (20 × 23 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Charles C. Haffner, III, Mrs. Harold T. Martin, Mrs. Herbert A Vance, and Jill Burnside Zeno; through prior acquisition of the George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

2001.6

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