Finding the Beauty in American Still-Life Painting at the MFAH

Raphaelle Peale, Orange and Book, c. 1817, oil on canvas

Because they’re beautiful. That’s the main reason for most of us to go see the paintings that make up the exhibition “Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection,” now on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Because the collectors have been such generous lenders from their collection over the years, you may already know many of the pieces, which have hung in the galleries at MFAH often. And because they continue to be so generous, generations of museum-goers into the future will be able to enjoy and learn from these beautiful paintings, since the Hevrdejses have pledged all the works in the show as a gift to MFAH.

Just the facts: 68 paintings by 60 artists; all still lifes, or other genres with major still-life elements; all by American artists, though

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