[Still-life with Lemon and Pear] Florence Henri - ca. 1929 - Gelatin silver print. Henri studied painting with Léger and Ozenfant before she took up photography at the Bauhaus. Like the other phenomenological puzzles she constructed with mirrors, this still life demonstrates that in the camera's description reflections are coequal with material realities. In the terms of her picture--if not on the grocer's scale--the doubled lemon weighs precisely as much as the pear.
Henri Fantin-Latour (French, Grenoble 1836–1904 Buré). Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1866. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Bernhard Gift, by exchange, 1980 (1980.3) | Among Fantin’s first major achievements as a still life painter, the present work reflects his aspiration to create serious and complex compositions in a realist style inspired by Chardin and Courbet.