Still Life with Apples

John F. Francis, American, c. 1808 - 1886

Made in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

22 7/8 × 30 1/8 inches (58.1 × 76.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the Haas family in memory of Joseph S. Haas, 1979

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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.