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Bowl o' Fruit

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Bowl o' Fruit

Rodney Alan Greenblat

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1987

Medium & Support
ink, pastel, and pigment on paper

20 1/8 in x 26 1/8 in (51.12 cm x 66.36 cm);20 1/8 in x 26 1/8 in (51.12 cm x 66.36 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick

Subject matter
Cartoons and the bubbling art scene of New York's East Village in the 1980s were influences on Greenblat's work, as seen in this whimsical illustration. The bright tempura-like colors and bold lines bring to mind the drawings one might have done and hung on the fridge as a child. The playful interaction of text and image reminds the viewer of breakfast at the family kitchen table, creating a comical twist on a traditional still-life.

Physical Description
This painting has a still life scene with bowl of fruit on a table. There is a pale blue background and silver border, outlined and decorated in black. A figure of a man comes from the right side; he looks towards the bowl. Along the top, above the bowl of fruit, text reads "Bowl o' Fruit." The print is initialed by the artist in black (l.r.) "RG".

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Additional Object Classification(s)

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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frames (ornament areas)
fruit pieces
pastels (visual works)
still lifes