Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting
The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection
William H. Gerdts
February 14, 2017
288 pages, 9 1/4 x 11 1/2
92 color illus.
Distributed for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Showcasing a treasured private collection amassed over several decades, this publication represents the beauty and complexity of still-life painting in the United States. More than 65 works from the Hevrdejs collection, many of which have never been on public view, are accompanied by comprehensive and accessible explanations that contextualize their role in the ongoing development of the genre. Featuring works by prominent and diverse artists such as Raphaelle Peale, Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andrew Wyeth, this study expands the overall notion of the still life by examining its use in a variety of painting styles from the 19th century to the present day. With color illustrations and an essay and entries by a distinguished scholar, this book demonstrates why the genre has been a compelling preoccupation for American artists over two centuries.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Tacoma Museum of Art
(October 2017–January 2018)