Pumpkins in Art

Pumpkins are everywhere this season.  On our doorsteps, in our coffee, in every single item of food at Trader Joe’s … and now, they’ve even invaded our favorite paintings! Pumpkins have played a major role in american culture. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC.

The pumpkin's popularity began when 19th century Americans began to move away from rural life and into the city, The Pumpkin starts to appear in poems and in paintings. Celebrating the nostalgia for this old fashioned, rural way of life, and the  always romantic ideal of country lifestyle in art.

Here are some of our favorite famous pumpkin paintings! 

Bodegón de frutas y hortalizas Juan Van Der Hamen 1596-1631

Pumpkins and melons by Albert Eckhout (c.1610-c.1666)

Still life with a Pumpkin Peaches and a Silver Goblet on a Table Top by François Bonvin (1817-1887)

Still Life with Pumpkin Plums Cherries, Figs and Jug (1860) by Théodule-Augustin Ribot

The Pumpkin by Bartolomeo Bimbi (1648-1730)

Fruit and a Vase of Flowers (1655) by Jan Davidsz de Heem (1606–1683 1684 

Still Life of Fruit' by Ferenc Ujházy (1827-1921)

Still Life with Fruit and Crystal Vase by Willem van Aelst (1627–1682)

Stillleben mit Kürbis, Pfirsich und Weintrauben  by Carl Schuch (1846-1903


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