Charles Demuth, Red Cabbages, Rhubarb, and Orange, 1929
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Between 1924 and 1929, Demuth created a number of still life compositions with fruits and vegetables. These late watercolors, including floral studies such as the Museum’s Red Poppies, present the still life elements more monumentally than ever before, enlarging their simple forms to fill large sheets of otherwise blank paper. In such fruit and vegetable studies, he seems newly concerned with volume and reflected light off these rounded surfaces. It is interesting to note that during these same years Georgia O’Keeffe introduced her own enormous flower paintings, and Demuth created his series of bold poster portraits that frequently used fruits, vegetables, and plants as attributes of the honoree.