Still Life with Currency

A work made of oil on canvas.

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Date:

1895

Artist:

Charles Alfred Meurer
American, born Germany, 1865–1955

About this artwork

Born in Germany and raised in Ohio, Charles Alfred Meurer began painting hyperrealistic, or trompe l’oeil, compositions like Still Life with Currency after seeing examples of the illusionistic genre by fellow American artist William Michael Harnett in the 1880s. Meurer exactingly rendered a set of metal, wax, and paper objects against a wooden panel, complete with graining, gouges, and a prominent splinter that secures a newspaper fragment. Legible in the clipping is the phrase “Counterfeiters Caught,” a humorous comment on the artist’s own skills of verisimilitude.

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American Art, Gallery 160

Artist

Charles Alfred Meurer

Title

Still Life with Currency

Origin

United States

Date

1895

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

25.4 × 55.9 cm (10 × 22 in.)

Credit Line

Estate of Frederick W. Renshaw

Reference Number

2001.183

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