Thursday, January 20, 2011

Paintings James Peale

1795 Detail. James Peale (1749-1831). Artist & His Family. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

In a recent posting in the blog American Garden History on early American orchards, I included one painting by James Peale (1749-1831) of his family with his young son offereing fruit to his sisters. James Peale's fascinating life was reviewed in an earlier posting.
Peale painted miniatures, portraits, & historical paintings in his early career. By the turn of the century, he began to explore still lifes & landscapes. Between this period & the end of his life, when he painted the fearsome sublime in landscapes of thunderstorms, violently uprooted trees, & towering mountains, Peale painted exquisite neo-classical still lifes.

James Peale, who straddles both the 18th & 19th century, painted many of the fruits & vegetables grown in American gardens in the late 18th and early 19th century. Here is the posting on James Peale's still lifes on the American Garden History blog.


LizG said...

The dates in this article seem a little confused..?

Barbara said...

Old ladies get confused sometimes. Thanks for the heads-up.