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.