Still Life with Fan and Roses

  • Thomas Hovenden, Still Life with Fan and Roses, 1874, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1979.149

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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.

Title
Still Life with Fan and Roses
Artist
Date
1874
Location
Dimensions
9 3/8 x 11 1/8 in. (23.9 x 28.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Still life – other – dish
  • Still life – written matter – magazine
  • Still life – furniture – table
  • Still life – flower – rose
  • Still life – other – container
  • Dress – accessory – fan
Object Number
1979.149
Palette
Linked Open Data
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