Pastel on paper still life of peaches placed on the ground, 9 1/2" by 11 1/2" (13 3/4" by 16" framed), signed faintly at lower right by the 19th century American pastel artist JOHN S. BOWER. This is a very typical work of the artist, who evidently worked in the Northeast circa 1865, drawing fruits placed artistically on the ground in a landscape. He did other work (see floral still life---and other fruit drawings----in my shop, and I have owned at least one landscape with figures), but pears and peaches seem to have been a favorite subject. The artist had an uncanny ability to recreate in pastel the "fuzz" on a peach. This example is in excellent condition. Note old Los Angeles framer's label on reverse, circa 1900 or possibly earlier. Likely brought to the West by an early California immigrant family. Bower's works are truly American folk art. Allow for a few reflections.
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