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This exhibition is the last one from the series “American Encounters” hosted in the Louvre. The exhibition focuses on the still-life painting style in America during the 19th century.
Still-life started to be a painting genre in America in the 19th century, first as a confidential practice, as American painters had a preference for portrait or landscape paintings, but which became more and more popular thanks to wealthy collectors interested in the Dutch Golden Age still lifes looking for work to buy in their own country.
Still life painting by artists such as Raphaelle Peale, Martin Johnson Heade or William Harnett are displayed in this exhibition. Especially Raphaelle Peale as he is considered as the first American painter of still life. He won renown for his austere and efficient style with a focus on products typically Americans such as corn and cantaloupe.