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

Hannah Brown Skeele earned acclaim for her delicate still-life compositions both in her home state of Maine and in Saint Louis, where she worked and exhibited in the 1860s. In Fruit Piece, her earliest known painting, a dessert course communicates refinement both in terms of the rare edibles themselves an in their careful presentation. In the mid-19th century pineapples, lemons, oranges, and even bananas were imported specialties, shipped along the Mississippi River from New Orleans. These exotic fruits were available in limited quantities and served by families with means on special occasions such as holidays or dinner parties.

On View

American Art, Gallery 173

Artist

Hannah Brown Skeele

Title

Fruit Piece

Origin

United States

Date

1860

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

50.8 × 60.6 cm (20 × 23 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gifts of 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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