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    PETER BAUMGRAS (American, 1827-1904)
    Still Life with Fruit
    Oil on wood panel
    8-1/4 x 10 inches (21.0 x 25.4 cm)
    Signed lower right: P. BAUMGRAS

    Still Life with Fruit and Still Life with Apples and Plums, in their intentional, Shaker-like modesty, encapsulate art historian William Gerdts' praise of Peter Baumgras: "He is now more distinguished as Washington's finest master of still life, who created lovely, often quite simple flower and fruit paintings in the engaging botanical manner of the period."1 Born in Bavaria, Baumgras studied at the Dusseldorf Academy and the Royal Academy in Munich before settling in Washington, D.C., in 1857. During the fifteen years that he lived here, Baumgras helped found the Washington Art Association, taught at Columbian University, and painted a portrait of Abraham Lincoln (1865). His paintings can be viewed at the New York Historical Society; Ford's Theatre and Museum, Washington, D.C.; George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; New Haven Colony Historical Society; and Oakland Museum, California.

    1W. Gerdts, Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920, Vol. I, pp. 348-49.


    Condition Report*: Scattered minor points in-painting on bottom edge and upper right corner; otherwise in very good condition.   Framed Dimensions 14 X 13 Inches
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