Learning Task – Coursework Example
A juicy wealth It seems, Severin Roesen invites viewers on a latter summer feast at Smithsonian American Art Museum, when painting his Still Life with Fruit (1852). A dark background (wall and table) bursts with a plenty of different fruits and berries of natural, but bright and juicy colors. Bunches of grapes are flowing from a big basket and take their places beside peaches, pomegranates, plumps and cherries sprawled all over the table and lighted with a stream of sun. Within the fruits, a glass of champagne on a white plate is calling in for “a quiet moment of appreciation” (“Still Life with Fruit”).
The nature of colors and shapes makes this painting be still and alive. The pallet which Roesen uses conveys a ripe condition very truly. Fruits and berries are painted smooth, in a manner of realism, and thus, round shapes naturally prevail. Along with smooth diagonals of falling brunches of grapes, they make an impression of a relaxed, flowing composition. Yet the design is accurate: Roesen puts the big basket on a half-shadowed back position, while already split pomegranate and a half-eaten melon are on a front position. Another compositional accent is a glass of champagne on a white plate. It’s lighted with a stem of sun and thus, it’s the brightest spot on the picture.
The artwork generally conveys a mood of abundance. There are only a grown fruits on a picture and thus, a current feast also tells viewers of a good harvesting. However, Roesen is very far from picturing a plenty of gastronomic specialties only: he generally, paints products of a good work on a plentiful land. A new meaning of the picture is driven from a historical background, because Roesen painted Still Life with Fruit in America, where artist had emigrated from Europe, troubling with democratization. “American prosperity matched the natural abundance the artist captured here” (“Still Life with Fruit”).
Roesen paints an earned American wealth.
“Still Life with Fruit. Gallery Label”. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Web. 20 March 2015.