|After the Hunt, 1883,|
William M. Harnett
|Old Souvenirs, |
John Frederick Peto
Harnett wasn't the only American painter of the late 1800s to tempt me into such antisocial behavior, just the only one I ever succumbed to. I was always especially fond of John Frederick Peto's many "rack paintings" as they are called, canvases painted to look like wooden bulletin boards. Did you ever wonder how they fastened things to bulletin boards before they invented thumbtacks? No, probably not. Well, anyway, according to Peto at least, they tacked a geometric pattern of tightly stretched ribbon behind which was slipped the various flotsam and jetsam of daily life like artwork on refrigerator doors today. It's all there for posterity in his painting Old Souvenirs painted between 1881 and 1900...geesh, no wonder it looks so real, took him nineteen years to complete!
|With his Escaping Criticism, 1874, Pere Borrell del Caso, |
"breaks the frame" as his trompe l'oeil image eschews the typical still-life
with startling, somewhat post-modern affect.