Details

Title

Red Raspberries on a Forest Floor

Artist/Maker

William Mason Brown (American, 1828–1898)

Date

ca. 1866

Medium

Oil on board

Dimensions

6 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches

Credit

Purchase with American Art Acquisition Fund and funds from Helen and Howard Elkins, Sally and Allen McDaniel, Margaret and Terry Stent, Glenn Verrill, and Joan N. Whitcomb

Accession #

2010.10

On View

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 307

William Mason Brown challenges the expectations of still life by stripping the composition of any manmade objects, such as porcelain dishware or ornate table linens, instead emphasizing the raspberries in exquisite detail on a bed of grass and dirt. Brown’s almost hyperrealist rendering suggests his commitment to creating images of nature that were as true to observation as possible. He was one of several American still life painters between 1850 and 1870 who embraced the naturalist ideals of English art critic John Ruskin.

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