Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection William H. Gerdts

Publication date:
04 Apr 2017
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
288 pages: 292 x 235mm
92 color illus.
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Showcasing a treasured private collection amassed over several decades, this publication represents the beauty and complexity of still-life painting in the United States. More than 65 works from the Hevrdejs collection, many of which have never been on public view, are accompanied by comprehensive and accessible explanations that contextualize their role in the ongoing development of the genre. Featuring works by prominent and diverse artists such as Raphaelle Peale, Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andrew Wyeth, this study expands the overall notion of the still life by examining its use in a variety of painting styles from the 19th century to the present day. With color illustrations and an essay and entries by a distinguished scholar, this book demonstrates why the genre has been a compelling preoccupation for American artists over two centuries.


William H. Gerdts is professor emeritus of art history at the CUNY Graduate Center.

“Including superb illustrations and beautiful color plates . . . this is an important resource for anyone interested in American art.”–CHOICE