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Interior with Three Pears

1983 Leigh Palmer Born: Westerly, Rhode Island 1943 oil on linen 36 x 28 1/8 in. (91.5 x 71.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1985.30.56 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 45A

Luce Center Label

Leigh Palmer elevates the significance of simple, everyday objects like these three pears by placing them in the center of the image. The shafts of light shining through the windows create a dramatic pattern on the table, plate, and floor, and evoke the warmth of a sunny day. Part of the effect of the painting comes from the incidental details that make it appear so real, such as the folds in the pristine white tablecloth and the tiny dents in the surface of the fruit.


Architecture Interior

Landscape - phenomenon - light

Object - fruit - pear

Object - other - linens


paint - oil

fabric - linen

About Leigh Palmer

Born: Westerly, Rhode Island 1943

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