We’re honoring #BlackHistoryMonth by featuring works by African American artists from the Gallery’s collection throughout February. We start with Robert Seldon Duncanson, a self-taught artist. Though widely recognized during his lifetime for his depictions of pastoral landscapes, Duncanson also created a small group of still-life paintings. Take a look at “Still Life with Fruit and Nuts.” The work is classically composed with fruit arranged in a tabletop pyramid. We see remarkable juxtapositions of smooth and textured surfaces, visible in the beautifully rendered apples and shells of scattered nuts.
Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth by learning more about Duncanson and other artists on our Pinterest board: http://bit.ly/2jZ0b1r.
Robert Seldon Duncanson, “Still Life with Fruit and Nuts,” 1848, oil on board, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Ann and Mark Kington/The Kington Foundation and the Avalon Fund