Still life with fruit

William Hammer

Published by Danish, 1858
Condition: Near Fine No Binding
From Arader Galleries San Francisco (San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since April 3, 2008

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 40,000.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 10.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

William Hammer (Danish, 1821-1889) Still life with Fruit Oil on canvas Canvas size: 23 x 29 Framed size: 33 x 39 3/4 Signed and dated l.r.: William Hammer 1858 Provenance: Private Collection, California; with Gerald Peters Gallery, New York; with David Lusk Gallery, Tennessee; Private Collection, Mississippi. The depiction of fruit in painting followed cultural, economic and scientific developments in Europe and dates back to the sixteenth century. Advancements in botanical knowledge, made by such scientists as Clusius, allowed for better fruit farming with new and exotic varieties becoming more readily available. But fruit had always been one of the last courses of the banquet and now with the rise of the merchant classes as well as the continued dominance of the landed gentry, more refined varieties, brought about by hybridization and special methods of cultivation, were demanded at the table. The ability of a host to provide such luxuries increased his standing in society and painters were quick to respond to the demand for depictions of these unusual fruits. In the Netherlands, still lifes were often imbued with a moralistic symbolism, insects and rotting fruit mixed with fresh to allude to vanitas, the transience of life. However, in other parts of Europe fruit still lifes tended towards a strictly objective description. It is in this latter category that the work of William Hammer can be placed. Hammer was born and lived his entire life in the Danish city of Copenhagen. He devoted his painting career to the depiction of flowers and still lifes, his work undoubtedly influenced by the famed Italian painter, Michelangelo di Caravaggio. The realism and luminist quality of his compositions allowed for the full appreciation of color and texture as shown here in the gnarled skin of the melon juxtaposed against the luscious pink interior of both the watermelon and figs. The fruit basket provides a pyramid-shaped composition which provides a beautifully and harmoniously balanced whole. This is an excellent example of the work of William Hammer, showing the very characteristics of his style for which he is best known. Bookseller Inventory # sf002739435fra

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Still life with fruit

Publisher: Danish

Publication Date: 1858

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Illustrator(s)

Store Description

The world's largest selection of the works of John James Audubon, Pierre-Joseph Redoute, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, historically important maps, natural history engravings and watercolors, lithographs of the American West, Californiana, Hawaiiana and Western Americana. Located at 432 Jackson Street in Historic Jackson Square, San Francisco, and online at www.aradersf.com.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web
sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as
Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund
within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.

Josephine Arader
432 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 9411...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express