Art: Wizard Lush

The first and best of American still-life painters was honored with his first one-man show, 134 years after his death in 1825. The exhibition, at Manhattan's Knoedler Galleries this week, afforded a 38-picture survey of Raphaelle Peale, the troubled son of a great father.

In an introduction to the catalogue, Historian Charles Coleman Sellers notes that Peale's paintings "are of our own time more truly than of his. They have a peculiarly modern appeal in their very personal motivation and in their use of realism as an escape from reality. That other painters regarded [still life] as fit only for school work...

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