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.