Dessert Still Life

by Morston Constantine Ream (1840–1898)
Oil on canvas
10 x 12 inches
Signed lower right: Morston Ream

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Provenance

Kathryn Wakefield Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, gift from above

Sale, Stair Galleries, Hudson, New York, April 22, 2017, lot 216

Private collection, New York, New York, acquired from above

Related Work 

Still Life, 1876, oil on canvas, 32 1/16 x 25⅞ inches, signed and dated lower left: Morston Ream / 76; Brooklyn Museum, New York

Artist Biography

Morston Constantine Ream was an accomplished still-life painter in the nineteenth century. Born in Lancaster, Ohio, he began his artistic career in 1860 as a photographer using the early medium of daguerreotype. About 1868, he determined that contemporary photographic methods were detrimental to his health and turned to painting instead. Although Ream created some landscapes and genre scenes, his focus, like that of his brother Carducius, was on still-life painting. Influenced by John Ruskin’s writings, Ream approached his compositions with a determined realism and honesty; his previous experience with photography leant itself to this unaffected vision as well. He exhibited

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Morston Constantine Ream was an accomplished still-life painter in the nineteenth century. Born in Lancaster, Ohio, he began his artistic career in 1860 as a photographer using the early medium of daguerreotype. About 1868, he determined that contemporary photographic methods were detrimental to his health and turned to painting instead. Although Ream created some landscapes and genre scenes, his focus, like that of his brother Carducius, was on still-life painting. Influenced by John Ruskin’s writings, Ream approached his compositions with a determined realism and honesty; his previous experience with photography leant itself to this unaffected vision as well. He exhibited in Ohio, New York, and San Francisco, and his work was displayed at some of the most prestigious venues of the day, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Art Association, National Academy of Design, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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