HARNETT, William Michael
(b. 1848, Clonakilty, d. 1892, New York)

Old Models

1892
Oil on canvas, 138 x 72 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Harnett was born in Ireland and emigrated to Philadelphia as a child. He first learned engraving and then studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at the National Academy of Design and Cooper Union. He executed mainly still-lifes and excelled in the rendering of textures and trompe-l'oeil (eye-deceiving) realistic effects.




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