William Harnett

1848-1892 America/Irish-American/Trompe-l’oeil

 

Brief Biography-William Michael Harnett was renowned for his trompe-l'oeil still lifes. Soon after he was born in Cork, Ireland, his family moved to Philadelphia. He worked as a silverware engraver while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts before going to the National Academy of Design, and the Cooper Union in New York. His most productive period of work was in Germany between 1880 and 1886. He returned to America where his work influenced other artists, most notably his friend and colleague from Philadelphia, John Frederick Peto. His output slowed later in life due to illness, and he died in New York in 1892. Jefferson David Chalfant was another renowned artist who was influenced by Harnett.

 

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a lunch

a lunch


a smoke backstage

a smoke backstage


a study table

a study table


after the hunt 1883

after the hunt 1883


after the hunt 1884

after the hunt 1884


after the hunt 1885

after the hunt 1885


attention company

attention company

dutch jar and
bust of dante

dutch jar and bust of dante


ease

ease


for sunday's dinner

for sunday's dinner


fruit and asparagus

fruit and asparagus


fruit and vase

fruit and vase


job lot chea

job lot cheap


just dessert

just dessert


last rose of summer

last rose of summer


lobster and le figaro

lobster and le figaro

materials for a
leisure hour

materials for a leisure hour

memento mori to
this favour

memento mori to this favour[


merganser

merganser

mortality and
immortality

mortality and immortality


munich messenger

munich messenger


music and literature

music and literature


old models

old models


secretary's table

secretary's table

still life with
bust of dante

still life with bust of dante

still life with
fruit and wine

still life with fruit and wine

still life with
ginger jar

still life with ginger jar

still life with letter
to thomas b clarke

still life with letter to thomas b clarke

still life
with pipe

still life with pipe

still life with
the toledo blade

still life with the toledo blade

still life with
three castles tobacco

still life with three castles tobacco


the faithful colt

the faithful colt

the last summer
rose

the last summer rose

with the staats
zeitung

ith the staats zeitung by William Harnett


with violin

with violin