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Bryant Chapin
Fruit and Honeycomb
Oil on canvas
13 3/8 x 17 in.
Bryant Chapin

(American, 1859-1927)

Bryant Chapin is best known for his still life paintings but he also executed fine landscapes and painted commissioned portrait. The artist was born in 1859 in Fall River, Massachusetts and died in that city in 1927. For years he studied still life painting with Robert S. Dunning (1829-1905) and he traveled to Europe many times to paint landscapes. He had a professional studio in Fall River and taught painting at the Fall River Evening Drawing School and lectured throughout New England about art and painting. He is considered a member of the Fall River School of Painters. Fruit was Chapin's primary interest and each still life was painted with accuracy with softened edges. Apples, oranges, grapes and other fruits and objects were placed on tabletops that enhanced the fruits' reflections and he earned a living from these still life paintings throughout his career.

References: Who Was Who in American Art, volume I, page 615; M.D. Zellman, 300 Years of American Art; Dunbier, L.P., The Artists Bluebook, p. 450; R. Davenport, Davenport's Art Reference; Jarzombek, Rediscovering American Painters, p. 40; Baekland, Frederick, Images of America, The Painter’s Eye, 1833-1924, p. 160; Gerdts, Art Across America, vol. 1, p. 421, Gerdts, American Still Life Painting, 1971, p. 264