July 17, 2016
Rubens Peale (1784-1865), Still Life with Fruit, 1827, oil on canvas, 14 1/4 x 17 5/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Jay S. Broadbent, 1972.
Rubens Peale, an American artist and museum director of the Peale Museum in Baltimore, died on this day in 1865. Peale, raised in a family of artists, had a keen appreciation for art and for the natural sciences. In the later years of his life, he began painting still life pieces, a perfect marriage between these two interests.