Carducius Ream achieved national and international recognition for his still life paintings in the late nineteenth century. Along with his brother Morston Ream, Carducius created sumptuous paintings of fruit and dessert still lifes, marked by their sensuous textures, rich colors, and dramatic lighting. His paintings met with immediate success, proving so popular that several were reproduced as chromolithographs by Louis Prang and Company. Ream spent most of his life in Chicago, where he frequently exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as the National Academy of the Design, the Brooklyn Art Association, and the Royal Academy of London. Today, his work is featured in the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, among other institutions.
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