About the Artwork

Charles Willson Peale’s eldest son, Raphaelle, was a gifted and inventive artist whose work shaped the tradition of American still-life painting. His ingeniously balanced compositions typically present natural and human-made objects on tabletops against subdued backgrounds and are known for their dramatic light and sensitive rendering of shapes, colors, and textures.

Here the composition is animated by light passing over soft, ripe peaches covered with a fine, nearly transparent handkerchief. The fabric’s silky ribbonlike edge directs the viewer’s attention through the composition. A large wasp, near the center, echoes similar inclusions in European still-life pictures. But Raphaelle’s addition of a tiny, less immediately visible fly, to its left, asserts both his personal whimsy and his well-known ability to create illusionistic pictures designed to "fool the eye" of a viewer, who might attempt to brush the insect away.

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About Our Products


This Art on Demand Store is your exclusive source for reproductions authorized and available for purchase directly from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. All items that are offered are produced using gallery quality materials and the color is managed in a manner that produces a reproduction as true to the original as technology will allow.


Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. In addition, new works are continually added to the offering so make sure to come back and see the new releases.


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