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The Wealth of Autumn

1869 Andrew John Henry Way Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1826 Died: Baltimore, Maryland 1888 oil on canvas 34 1/8 x 27 in. (86.7 x 68.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1984.47 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 5A


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Andrew John Henry Way created a dramatic setting for this still life. Cupids dance on the pedestal below the arrangement of fruit, and above the still life is an urn surrounded by dense foliage and trees. The succulent peaches and glistening grapes announce the abundance of the season, and the idyllic landscape to the left is a reminder of the fertile autumn soil. Way trained in Florence and fell in love with the colors and varieties of Tuscan grapes that populated the countryside. His still-life scenes were immensely popular among his Baltimore patrons.

Keywords

Allegory - season - autumn

Landscape - season - autumn

Still life - fruit - grape

Still life - fruit - melon

Still life - fruit - peach

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Andrew John Henry Way

Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1826 Died: Baltimore, Maryland 1888

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