Art for the Nation    
The Old ViolinWilliam Harnett, Trompe l'Oeil MasterPainting Money  
Trompe l'Oeil William Harnett  
Still Life with Dead Game by Willem van Aelst
Willem van Aelst, Still Life with Dead Game, 1661, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund 1982.36.1
Duck and Hair by Adolphe Braun
Adolphe Braun, Hare and Ducks (detail), c. 1865, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1947. (47.149.52), © 1996, The Metropoltan Museum of Art

After the Hunt by William Harnett
William Michael Harnett, After the Hunt (detail), 1884, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

In the 1880s Harnett spent six years in Europe, studying old master still-life painting. In Munich, he was exposed to the photographs by Adolphe Braun. Braun's flat, textured pictures of dead game, hunting implements, and horns suspended against a textured wall would have a profound effect on Harnett's work.

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