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Still Life with Steak

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Still Life with Steak

Artist: Raphaelle Peale (American, 1774 - 1825)

Date: 1816-1817
Medium: Oil on wood panel
Dimensions:
Framed: 21 1/8 x 27 1/4 x 3 1/4in. (53.7 x 69.2 x 8.3cm)
Overall: 13 3/8 x 19 1/2in. (34 x 49.5cm)
Signed: Lower right: 'Painted by Raphaelle Peale'
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 53.215
Label Text
Raphaelle Peale was America's first still life painter. This picture is masterful work, full of vibrancy and the celebration of the commonplace. The focus of the painting is a hearty slab of steak, blood red and raw, surrounded by glistening borders of fat. Part of the meat spills over the flat surface it rests on into the painting's foreground, enticingly close to the viewer. Surrounding the steak is an assortment of vegetables; a thick head of cabbage, a beet and savory looking carrots. Raphaelle's depiction of the ingredients of a stew calls to mind the warm appetizing elements of a kitchen and the meal that will soon be prepared.

Sandra Vázquez
Diversity Intern, 1997



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