- jonlurie"Wine, Cheese, and Fruit" 1857 oil on canvas by John F. Francis (1808-1886) at the @artinstitutechi Art Institute of Chicago. Written near the painting: Succulent grapes, crumbling cheese, sparkling wine in elegant glasses, and cognac in tumblers are depicted in this opulent dessert picture by John Francis. Originally an itinerant portrait painter, Francis turned to still life in the mid-19th century when the availability of daguerreotype portraits rendered his trade obsolete. The penchant for household embellishment among the growing middle class created a lively market for still-life paintings, which were often hung in dining rooms. While spirits are featured prominently, the presence of the water and food suggests balance and restraint, referring to the midcentury rise of the temperance movement, which promoted the ideals of moderation and self-control. #dailyritual #stilllifeweek #stilllife #johnffrancis #oiloncanvas #oilpainting #winecheeseandfruit #temperancemovement
- writeonmanLove this; this is one I'd like to sketch!
- diblasiophotoNice work! 💯🙌🏼