Still Life with Ginger Jar

size(cm): 25x30
Sale price£88 GBP


William Harnett's Still Life with a Ginger Jar is a masterpiece of 19th-century American realism. This painting is a perfect example of the artist's ability to create a harmonious and balanced composition, using everyday objects as protagonists.

The painting shows a ginger jar, a book, a letter, and a knife on a wooden table. The natural light that enters through the window illuminates the objects, creating shadows and reflections that give depth and realism to the scene.

Harnett was a master of the trompe l'oeil technique, which means "fooling the eye." In this painting, the artist manages to create the illusion that the objects are coming out of the surface of the canvas and that we can touch and move them.

The coloring of the painting is sober and elegant, with brown and gold tones that create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The ginger jar, with its bright orange color, is the focal point of the composition and attracts the viewer's attention.

The story behind this painting is fascinating. Harnett was a self-taught artist who began his career as a printmaker. In 1886, he moved to New York and began painting still lifes, which quickly became his specialty. Still Life with a Ginger Jar was painted in 1890 and became one of Harnett's most famous works.

A little known aspect of this painting is that Harnett used real objects to create the composition. The ginger jar, the book and the letter are objects that the artist had in his studio and that he used as models for the painting.

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