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Got Fruit? Still Life Paintings of the Fall River School

Just as we are warned by nutritionists and dietitians not to grocery shop on an empty stomach, I might suggest that you wait to view this blog post until after dinner. It could have the beneficial side effect of making you reach for a peach instead of a bowl of ice cream for dessert!

The post Civil War period was an economic boom for the city of Fall River, Massachusetts, and its leading citizens found the bountiful still lifes of Dunning and his followers to be the perfect expressions of the optimism and opulence of the day. Dunning’s subject seems simple: Fruit. How sophisticated and refined can that be? At Dunning’s most extreme the answer is “very.”