Created by
Porter, Charles Ethan, American, 1847 - 1923
ca. 1885-87
oil paint on linen (material)
H x W x D (Framed Painting): 16 × 22 1/4 × 2 1/2 in. (40.6 × 56.5 × 6.4 cm)
H x W x D (Unframed Painting): 10 × 16 × 1/2 in. (25.4 × 40.6 × 1.3 cm)
H x W x D (Crate): 24 1/2 × 31 1/2 × 10 in. (62.2 × 80 × 25.4 cm)
Charles Ethan Porter’s exceptional ability to interpret the natural world enabled him to build his career as a celebrated Connecticut artist. Classically trained, he attended both the National Academy of Design in New York (1869) and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (1881).
Following his return to the United States in 1884, Porter created Still Life with Roses. The painting’s soft palette, light background, and delicately rendered flowers reveal the aesthetic influence of French artist Henri Fantin-Latour, while retaining many of Porter’s uniquely American sensibilities. Porter’s still lifes were widely admired and collected by Connecticut residents, including landscape painter Frederic E. Church of the Hudson River School, who proclaimed Porter to be one of the finest colorists in history.
This oil painting depicts a bouquet of off-white roses and greenery in a brown bowl. The round bowl, done in deep brown tones, stands to the right side of the picture. In the bowl are five blooms and several sprays of greenery. Several other blossoms, a sprig of greenery and a long stem lie scattered around the bowl. Peeking from behind the bowl are a pile of darker green leaves and a cluster of bright red berries. Hanging on the left hand background wall is a textile with a yellow, red, and white plaid pattern.
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Visual Arts
oil paintings
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public Domain
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