Interior with Three Pears

Media - 1985.30.56 - SAAM-1985.30.56_1 - 8216
Copied Leigh Palmer, Interior with Three Pears, 1983, oil on linen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1985.30.56

Artwork Details

Title
Interior with Three Pears
Artist
Date
1983
Dimensions
3628 18 in. (91.571.5 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on linen
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object — fruit — pear
  • Object — other — linens
  • Landscape — phenomenon — light
  • Architecture Interior
Object Number
1985.30.56

Artwork Description

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.