Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

Cultivating Fruit and Equality: The Still-Life Paintings of Robert Duncanson

Shana Klein
American Art
Vol. 29, No. 2 (Summer 2015), pp. 64-85
DOI: 10.1086/683352
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/683352
Page Count: 22
  • More info
  • Cite this Item
Cultivating Fruit and Equality
Preview not available

Abstract

Between 1848 and 1849, Robert Duncanson painted seven still-life representations of fruit. This attention to fruit was natural given that Duncanson worked in Cincinnati, a hotbed for horticulture in the mid-nineteenth century. The artist’s romance with fruit painting would have also been strategic given that art patrons in Cincinnati doubled as the city’s leading fruit growers. These same patrons were abolitionists and supporters of greater equality for African Americans, thus deepening the interest in fruit paintings by an African American artist. The relevance of fruit cultivation to broader debates about slavery, race, and identity would have further drawn attention to Duncanson’s paintings. This article examines the many ways that fruit served Duncanson and connected him to local networks invested in art, horticulture, and abolition.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
1
    1
  • Thumbnail: Page 
2
    2
  • Thumbnail: Page 
3
    3
  • Thumbnail: Page 
4
    4
  • Thumbnail: Page 
5
    5
  • Thumbnail: Page 
6
    6
  • Thumbnail: Page 
7
    7
  • Thumbnail: Page 
8
    8
  • Thumbnail: Page 
9
    9
  • Thumbnail: Page 
10
    10
  • Thumbnail: Page 
11
    11
  • Thumbnail: Page 
12
    12
  • Thumbnail: Page 
13
    13
  • Thumbnail: Page 
14
    14
  • Thumbnail: Page 
15
    15
  • Thumbnail: Page 
16
    16
  • Thumbnail: Page 
17
    17
  • Thumbnail: Page 
18
    18
  • Thumbnail: Page 
19
    19
  • Thumbnail: Page 
20
    20
  • Thumbnail: Page 
21
    21
  • Thumbnail: Page 
22
    22