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Still-Life Paintings
Beautiful nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century images of flowers, fruit, and inanimate, everyday objects are featured in Still-Life Paintings. Some of the works of art are by native-born Southerners, while others are by artists who spent time in the South producing work that is identifiably Southern. Martin Johnson Heade’s Two Magnolia Blossoms in a Glass Vase, painted late in his career when he lived in Saint Augustine, Florida, is such a picture. While it is clear that these paintings are related to themes of abundance and fruitfulness, the interest of regional painters in still life grew out of the work of the naturalists who roamed the South, recording in detail the plants and animals of the South. Other artists showed more interest in demonstrating painterly technique, suggesting how objects might feel to the touch. Paintings by Elliott Daingerfield and Willie Betty Newman, with their vigorous brushwork and dazzling light effects, have little in common with the tradition of natural science or the exacting realism of Heade.

 
Daingerfield Still-Life
Elliott Daingerfield, Chrysanthemums in a Devil Vase, 1886. Oil on canvas; 34 x 24 inches.
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