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.
- 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