About this artwork
A Chicagoan by birth, Charles Gifford Dyer studied painting in Paris and Munich. The objects depicted here, such as the Chinese blue-and-white vase and Oushak Turkish lotto rug, were likely collected during Dyer's extensive travels and represent the tastes of a worldly, wealthy man. This painting recalls 17th-century Dutch compositions in its focus on surfaces, textures, and illusionism. Like moralistic Dutch still lifes, it evokes the fleetingness of life (vanities) by juxtaposing objects that quickly decay, such as fruit and flowers, with carefully preserved riches. The crisscross pattern of the parquet floor and drapery of the rug create spatial depth, opening a window into the Gilded Age, when an expanding economy encouraged the rich to collect such exotic historical treasures.
- Charles Gifford Dyer
- Seventeenth-Century Interior
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, l.l.: "CHARLES G. DYER: MUNICH 1877."
- 94 × 71.1 cm (37 × 28 in.)
- Gift of the Estate of Henry W. King