Charles Gifford Dyer. Seventeenth-Century Interior. 1877. Munich. Oil on canvas Chicagoan Charles Gifford Dyer studied painting in Paris and Munich. The objects depicted in this canvas, such as the Chinese blue-and-white vase and Oushak Turkish lotto rug, were likely collected during his extensive travels and represent the tastes of a worldly, wealthy man. The painting recalls 17th-century Dutch compositions in its focus on surfaces, textures, and illusionism. Like moralistic Dutch still life paintings, it evokes the fleetingness of life (vanitas) by juxtaposing objects that quickly decay, suc
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