Seventeenth-Century Interior

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1877

Artist:

Charles Gifford Dyer
American, 1846–1912

About this artwork

Chicagoan Charles Gifford Dyer studied painting in Paris and Munich. The objects depicted in this canvas, such as the Chinese blue-and-white vase and Oushak Turkish lotto rug, were likely collected during his extensive travels and represent the tastes of a worldly, wealthy man. The painting recalls 17th-century Dutch compositions in its focus on surfaces, textures, and illusionism. Like moralistic Dutch still life paintings, it evokes the fleetingness of life (vanitas) by juxtaposing objects that quickly decay, such as fruit and flowers, with the enduring arts of literature and music. The crisscross pattern of the parquet floor and the draped rug create spatial depth, offering a portrait of the Gilded Age, a time when an expanding economy encouraged the rich to collect such treasures.

On View

American Art, Gallery 175

Artist

Charles Gifford Dyer

Title

Seventeenth-Century Interior

Origin

Munich

Date

1877

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, l.l.: "CHARLES G. DYER: MUNICH 1877."

Dimensions

94 × 71.1 cm (37 × 28 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Henry W. King

Reference Number

1902.227

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