The Wealth of Autumn

  • Andrew John Henry Way, The Wealth of Autumn, 1869, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1984.47

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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.

Title
The Wealth of Autumn
Artist
Date
1869
On View
Dimensions
34 1/8 x 27 in. (86.7 x 68.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – season – autumn
  • Still life – fruit – grape
  • Still life – fruit – melon
  • Still life – fruit – peach
  • Allegory – season – autumn
Object Number
1984.47
Palette
Linked Open Data
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