Anne Vallayer-Coster

Still-life with Peaches and Grapes

c. 1779
At the French Royal Academy, still-life and landscape belonged to the lowest order in the artistic hierarchy because they imitated nature; history painting was considered to demand the greatest skill and imagination. Anne Vallayer-Coster rose above this strict system due to her talent for expressing the beauty and poetry of ordinary objects. She was made a full member of the Academy in 1770.
Title
Still-life with Peaches and Grapes
Date
c. 1779
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
46 x 55 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1965
Accession number
14869