Still Life Paintings | Levi Wells Prentice

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Chloe Heins | October 1st, 2014 | Posted in Essays

These days, the word “apple” is more likely to bring to mind the iPhone 6 rather than a juicy honeycrisp or macoun. However, New York native Levi Wells Prentice painted in a simpler time when nature’s bounty was documented sans Instagram. While New York is the second largest apple-growing state in the country (Washington is the first), Prentice is considered the leading nineteenth-century American painter of the fall fruit—his favorite still life subject. Employing a “rustic unpretentiousness,” Prentice—unlike many artists—was not afraid to show flaws in the often-idealized fruit, which contributed to his unique style of Realism.

Visit to find New York State apple picking spots, farmer’s markets, and perhaps channel your inner Levi Wells Prentice.

Levi Wells Prentice, Apples in a Basket, Questroyal Fine Art

Levi Wells Prentice (1851–1935), Apples in a Basket. Oil on canvas, 12 x 17 15/16 inches. Signed middle right: L. W. Prentice. Currently available at Questroyal Fine Art.

Chloe Heins is the Director of Questroyal Fine Art. As the daughter of a fine arts photographer, Chloe was exposed to the art world at an early age, attending events and classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She earned a dual BA in painting and French from Fordham University before coming to Questroyal in 2003.