Still Life with Pipe (Primary Title)

John F. Peto, American, 1854 - 1907 (Artist)

ca. 1885-1900
oil on composition board
United States
Unframed: 6 1/2 × 9 1/2 in. (16.51 × 24.13 cm)
Framed: 15 1/4 × 18 5/16 in. (38.74 × 46.51 cm)
A smoldering match and glint of a live ember lend a smoky ambiance to Peto’s Still Life with Pipe. The intimate painting also reveals the artist’s understanding of the traditional elements of successful trompe-l’oeil compositions: placing simple objects against a dark background, arranging them in a shallow space, and bringing them so near the picture plane that they appear to be within the viewer’s grasp.
On verso: "Painted By My Father John Frederick Peto / Helen Peto Smiley"
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
The Table, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA (20 November, 1993 - 9 January, 1994).
O’Leary, Elizabeth L., Sylvia Yount, Susan Jensen Rawles, and David Park Curry. American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Charlottesville: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the University of Virginia Press, 2010. (Fig. 160, p. 277).

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