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.

Date:

c. 1860

Artist:

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

American Art, Gallery 173

Artist

Severin Roesen

Title

An Abundance of Fruit

Origin

Germany

Date

1855–1865

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

63.5 × 76.2 cm (25 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Americana Fund

Reference Number

2004.2

Extended information about this artwork

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