William Michael Harnett
(1848 - 1892)
William Michael Harnett was active/lived in Pennsylvania, New York. William Harnett is known for trompe l'oeil still life painting, hanging game.
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Born in Clonakilty, Ireland, William Harnett became America's best
known "trompe l'oeil" [fool the eye] still-life painter in the
later part of the 19th century and is credited with being the most
influential in that style and subject matter. Collectors of this
artist need to have a watchful 'eye' because of the many forgeries of
Harnett's work. Likely his most famous painting is After the Hunt, in the collection of The California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
For nearly 50 years after his death, his work was overlooked, but in
1939 an exhibition held by Edith Halpert at her Downtown Gallery in
Greenwich Village, New York initiated the public attention that has
continued to grow into the 21st century.&
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