The Banker’s Table

William Michael Harnett's ""The Banker's Table"" is a remarkable painting created in 1877. It holds a special place in art history due to its exquisite realism and meticulous attention to detail. The composition depicts a banker's desk adorned with various objects like books, documents, currency, and a pocket watch, all skillfully rendered to create an illusion of three-dimensionality. Harnett's ability to capture textures and reflections in such a lifelike manner is awe-inspiring. ""The Banker's Table"" showcases the artist's technical prowess and serves as a testament to the enduring power of still-life painting.

33 cm

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Title: “”The Banker’s Table: A Masterpiece of Realism by William Michael Harnett””

Year Painted: 1877

“”The Banker’s Table”” by William Michael Harnett is a truly remarkable painting that exemplifies the artist’s mastery of realism. Created in 1877, this iconic work has garnered immense admiration and acclaim in the art world.

Harnett was an American still-life painter known for his unparalleled ability to capture everyday objects with astonishing precision and lifelike detail. “”The Banker’s Table”” is a testament to his technical prowess and artistic vision. The composition depicts a banker’s desk adorned with a variety of items, including books, documents, currency, and a pocket watch. Each element is meticulously rendered, showcasing Harnett’s unwavering attention to detail.

What sets “”The Banker’s Table”” apart and makes it a truly special painting is Harnett’s exceptional skill in creating an illusion of three-dimensionality. The objects in the painting appear so lifelike that they almost leap off the canvas, captivating viewers with their tangible presence. Harnett’s attention to texture, light, and reflections is astounding, adding a sense of depth and realism that is truly mesmerizing.

The significance of “”The Banker’s Table”” extends beyond its technical brilliance. The painting captures a moment frozen in time, inviting viewers to contemplate the intricacies of daily life in the late 19th century. It provides a glimpse into the world of banking and commerce during that era, with the objects on the desk symbolizing wealth, knowledge, and the passage of time.

Harnett’s ability to elevate ordinary objects into subjects of artistic beauty is a testament to his artistic genius. Through his meticulous brushwork and careful arrangement, he transforms the mundane into something extraordinary. “”The Banker’s Table”” not only showcases Harnett’s talent but also challenges the viewer to appreciate the beauty found in the simplest of things.

“”The Banker’s Table”” continues to be celebrated as one of Harnett’s most significant and influential works. It has left an indelible mark on the genre of still-life painting, inspiring countless artists to explore the realms of realism and attention to detail. Its timeless appeal and enduring popularity make it a masterpiece that continues to captivate art enthusiasts and collectors alike.

In conclusion, “”The Banker’s Table”” by William Michael Harnett, painted in 1877, is a remarkable masterpiece that exemplifies the artist’s extraordinary talent and his ability to breathe life into everyday objects. Its astonishing realism, meticulous attention to detail, and ability to transcend time make it an exceptional work of art that continues to be celebrated and admired today.

Original size:
30.5 x 20.3 cm (width x height)
Art style:
Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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