Saturday, November 02, 2013

An Exquisite Still Life

Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)
Three Peaches On A Plate
National Gallery Of Art, Washington

Oil On Canvas
7 3/4 Inches By 10 1/8 Inches


This very small but exquisite still life always rivets the viewer’s attention. I cannot count the number of times I have seen art-lovers hovered, spellbound, around the canvas.

A photographic reproduction cannot begin to reveal the greatness of the painting. I believe it is the artist’s capturing of textures—wood, porcelain, peach fuzz—that grips the viewer’s attention. (Textures are much more amazing in the painting than any photograph can suggest.)

The first time I showed this painting to Joshua, he exclaimed, “That’s the best peach fuzz ever!”

And Josh was right.

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