Still Life with Apples
John F. Francis, American, c. 1808 - 1886
The bounty of autumn depicted in this scene—apples, chestnuts, and cider—recalls simple seasonal pleasures in an era of rapid change and industrialization. The cascade of brightly colored apples and scattered nuts tumble from a modest straw basket, portraying a cheerful abundance ready to be enjoyed. Philadelphia artist John F. Francis updated American still-life painting during the 1850s by introducing into his designs the movement and lively color found here.