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An Abundance of Fruit

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


c. 1860


Severin Roesen
American, born Germany, 1815/17–1872

About this artwork

This painting by Severin Roesen, who immigrated to the United States from Cologne in 1848, features a profusion of berries, grapes, peaches, figs, and other fruits piled upon a marble slab. His composition is a celebratory display of nature’s bounty— portrayed in such minute detail as to feel artificial. Roesen worked in Pennsylvania, supported by German immigrants who operated local breweries there. While still lifes in the 19th
century typically adorned domestic dining rooms, Roesen’s painting may have hung in a public tavern or restaurant. For such patrons, the artist probably painted pictures in exchange for beer. Roesen and his male patrons would not have been counted among the followers of the growing temperance movement in America at midcentury.


On View, Gallery 173


Arts of the Americas


Severin Roesen


An Abundance of Fruit


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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c. 1860


Oil on canvas


63.5 × 76.2 cm (25 × 30 in.)

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Americana Endowment Fund

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