Still Life with Flowers and Fruit

c. 1910
Albert Herter (American, 1871-1950)
Oil on canvas
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Harriet C. Herter, 1981

Like many painters of flowers, Albert Herter chose to live surrounded by them. Thanks to wealth amassed by his father’s prominent decorating firm, Herter Brothers, he was able to do so in grand style at an estate in East Hampton. Touchstone magazine included his garden in “Picturesque Entrances to American Houses” and a photograph of his dining room in House Beautiful included vases of flowers similar to these gladiolas. Here, Herter’s careful depiction of stems inside glass recalls French flower paintings he would have seen when he lived in Paris. Primarily a muralist, the artist painted this for his own pleasure, as it remained in his family until it was donated to the Museum.