Still Life with Fan and Roses

Media - 1979.149 - SAAM-1979.149_1 - 5751
Copied Thomas Hovenden, Still Life with Fan and Roses, 1874, oil on canvas, 9 3811 18 in. (23.928.2 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1979.149
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Artwork Details

Still Life with Fan and Roses
9 3811 18 in. (23.928.2 cm.)
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Museum purchase
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Still life — furniture — table
  • Dress — accessory — fan
  • Still life — flower — rose
  • Still life — other — dish
  • Still life — other — container
  • Still life — written matter — magazine
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Artwork Description

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.