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Important Information Inside: The Art of John F. Peto and the Idea of Still-Life Painting in Nineteenth-Century America

John Wilmerding
Published 1983
270 pages

Important Information Inside accompanied the first monographic exhibition in over 30 years devoted to the artist John F. Peto. One of America’s most intriguing still-life painters and evocative colorists, Peto created works at the end of the 19th century that span a subtle range of moods, from the brooding to the whimsical. His familiar subjects allude to a domestic and materialistic Victorian world, but with unexpected cerebral and emotional overtones. The catalog moves beyond the biographical and historical facts to examine Peto within the complex artistic and intellectual context of the late 19th century. Its six essays examine Peto’s career, contemplate the reasons for his partial appreciation, and probe the significance of his paintings. The catalog also includes a list of works in public collections.

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