Artwork Information

  • Title:

    Still Life with Grapes and Peaches

  • Artist:

    Dunning, Robert

  • Artist Bio:

    American, 1829–1905

  • Date:

    1881

  • Medium:

    Oil on canvas

  • Dimensions:

    11 1/8 x 15 1/4 inches

  • Credit Line:

    Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Wichita Art Museum Members Foundation

  • Object Number:

    1968.5

  • Display:

    Currently on Display


About the Artwork

Dunning was the leader of a regional school of still life painting centered in Fall River, Massachusetts. His subject matter and style followed the tradition established by the Philadelphia painters, James Peale and Raphaelle Peale, in the first decades of the 19th century.

A selection of a few fruits, along with an occasional vessel or utensil, are displayed upon a polished table top. The edge of the table, often seen as an ornately carved border, marks the edge of the picture plane and objects are set parallel to the plane. The artist rendered all the fruits at the peak of ripeness, giving careful attention to the definition of the ideal form and texture of each one. Presented in a clearly lighted simple setting, these luscious natural objects communicate a sense of timeless perfection.