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Still Life with Lemons    
American School, 19th century
Oil on panel    
9 x 24-1/2 inches (11-/4 x 27-1/4 frame) 


This picture is a well-studied examination concepts such as form, shape, light, geometry and the relationship of objects in space. Though somewhat rustic in it's execution, it's well-thought and rhythmic as the eye moves throughout the picture. The simplicity of the picture is somewhat meditative and allows the viewer a moment of quiet while living with the image. 


Spiritually, the lemon tree is an enduring symbol for cleansing, freshness and healing. It symbolizes adoration, commitment and romance. Lemons, like travel, cleanse and restore our mind, body and soul. In art, especially in still lifes, lemons bear witness to the bitterness of existence. The spiral peeled lemon peel symbolizes the unfolding of earthly life, and the individual which frees his spirit from its material envelope, to reach the pulp of the spiritual essence. But the lemon and its peeled rind embody the bitterness of the fall.


Throughout the ages, lemons have been used to fight negative energies. Various religions of the world believe that they hold secret powers. Its detoxifying abilities are not restricted to body cleansing only; it’s also being used to clear away the negativities from the environment.


Lemon symbolizes human heart, love and light. It aids in accepting the changes in life and improves the sense of good fortune. The yellow color of the lemon is the symbol of happiness and optimism. 

19th Century "Still Life with Lemons"

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