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 http://www.nyapplecountry.com/ 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.