From Trompe l’Oeil to Modernism: Still Lifes from the PAFA Collection
Historic Landmark Building
Anna O. Marley, Curator of Historical American Art
Still-life gems of early American modernism and contemporary art
In celebration of the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) featured an intimate installation of approximately 20 floral and still life paintings from the Museum’s permanent collection ranging from 19th-century trompe l’oeil (French for "fool the eye") pieces to gems of early American modernism and contemporary works. Highlighted were paintings by a diverse group of artists including Arthur B. Carles, Stuart Davis, Horace Pippin, and Maria Tomasula.