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Still Life with Fan and Roses

1874 Thomas Hovenden Born: Dunmanway, Ireland 1840 Died: Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania 1895 oil on canvas 9 3/8 x 11 1/8 in. (23.9 x 28.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1979.149 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Thomas Hovenden painted a few still lifes in addition to his better-known genre scenes. Here, a seemingly casual arrangement of objects masks the care that Hovenden took to create a balanced composition. The arc of blooms in the lower right echoes the details of the graceful Japanese fan that anchors the painting. Clear light, luminous shadows, and a mix of humble and exotic objects evoke the golden age of Dutch still-life painting, a tradition Hovenden likely knew from his Paris teachers and his hours spent in museums.

Keywords

Dress - accessory - fan

Still life - flower - rose

Still life - furniture - table

Still life - other - container

Still life - other - dish

Still life - written matter - magazine

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Thomas Hovenden

Born: Dunmanway, Ireland 1840 Died: Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania 1895

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