Rosalyn Gale Powell
Still Life: Candlestick, Compote and Fruit
Oil on canvas mounted on Masonite
29 1/2 x 20 x 3/16 in. (74.93 x 50.8 x 0.48 cm)
Museum Purchase, 1960.002
This is a cubist-like still life. The point of view is looking down on to a surface covered by a white tablecloth. The arrangement closest to the viewer has orange fruit in a silver-stemmed serving dish. To the right of this dish, on the table, are three pieces of citron fruit. Two are bright yellow and the middle one is lime green. A tall, brass candle holder with a short white taper stands behind the dish, nearly reaching the top of the canvas. The holder is tiered, and each section is the shape of a hand weight. The background is divided nearly in half by the candle. On the left is a textured white, the right side is a patchy tan. A sharp boomerang shape in teal separates the tablecloth and the background on the right side.