Untitled (Still life with Loaf of Bread)

dc.contributor.authorOlive Benfer Hicks (1874-1955)
dc.contributor.authorHicks, Olive Benfer (1874-1955)
dc.descriptionOlive (""Ollie"") Benfer was born in Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas, and at an early age studied painting with M. P. Patch, a woman painter in Brown County. Benfer, who later married Ralph Hicks, painted figure studies, landscapes, and still-life compositions such as this one, still life being her most successful genre. Her work in this vein continues the nineteenth-century American fascination with paintings of ordinary objects-often fruit, vegetables, or loaves of bread in an implied domestic setting. Numerous American still-life painters of the nineteenth century were women, among them the female descendants of the Charles Willson Peale family of Philadelphia, which specialized in still-life pictures for generations. Olive Hicks's daughter, Hazel Hicks Taylor, was a well-known still-life and decorative painter in Salem in the 1950s and 1960s. Ollie Hicks lived in Salem at the end of her life and died here in 1955.
dc.description.sponsorshipGift of Ralph Taylor Estate
dc.format.extent11"" x 14""
dc.format.mediumOil on canvas
dc.identifier.otherTAY96.01; Painting
dc.relation.ispartofNorthwest Art Collection
dc.rightsFor use information see: http://www.willamette.edu/arts/hfma/collections/copyright.html
dc.titleUntitled (Still life with Loaf of Bread)
local.cultureNorth American / United States / Oregon