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Cultivating Fruit and Equality: The Still-Life Paintings of Robert Duncanson

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2 p.m. |2:00 PM

Cultivating Fruit and Equality: The Still-Life Paintings of Robert Duncanson

Shana Klein
Global Trans-Regional Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow, German Historical Institute and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2 p.m.

Between 1842 and 1849, Cincinnati artist Robert Duncanson painted at least seven still lifes of fruit. He did not paint just any fruit; he depicted oranges, lemons, and pineapples—fruits that were neither indigenous to the United States nor easily cultivated in northern Ohio. How did Duncanson gain access to so many exotic fruits, and why did he focus so intensely on them in the 1840s? Klein aims to answer these questions by studying Duncanson’s ties to art patrons that were both horticulturists and abolitionists.

Fruit Piece, 1849, Robert S. Duncanson, oil on canvas. Gift of the Estates of Miss Elizabeth Gray Walker and Mr. Henry Lyster Walker.

Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art

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