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Charles Bird King  American (Newport, RI 1785 - 1862 Washington, DC)  The Vanity of the Artist's Dream, 1830  Former Title: The Anatomy of Art Appreciation  Painting  American, 19th century  Creation Place: United States  Oil and graphite on canvas  89.2 x 74.9 cm (35 1/8 x 29 1/2 in.) Harvard Art Museum, Rennaissance Art, Found Object Art, America Art, Old Paintings, Still Life Art, Arte Fantasy, Art Appreciation, Classical Art

The Vanity of the Artist's Dream | Harvard Art Museums

In this humorous still life, King pokes fun at popular taste and laments the plight of the arts in America. A masterful example of trompe l’oeil illusion, the painting depicts a cupboard filled with the possessions of an ambitious and well-educated but financially unsuccessful painter. Brushes, drafting tools, treatises on art, and a cast of the head of the Apollo Belvedere, the celebrated antique sculpture, are crammed in next to stacks of unpaid bills, letters from parsimonious patrons…

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