Persea: Blakeman

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Artist Statement

This appetizing avocado is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s expansive collection of pomological watercolors, initiated in 1886 as a research reference for fruit breeders and growers. The collection consists of nearly 7,500 botanical illustrations, representing 38 plant families in all.

Persea: Blakeman joined the collection in 1917, painted by one of the USDA's most prolific artists, Royal Charles Steadman. In his 26 year career, Steadman painted nearly 900 botanical illustrations. The Blakeman avocado variant ripens in spring and summer. It was first propagated in California in 1912, just a few years before it was immortalized through the hands of the USDA’s pomological artists.

Why We Love It

We’re excited about avocados, and we aren’t afraid to own it. Our renewed enthusiasm is thanks to this edition release—a gleaming, enticing example of outer beauty equaling inner, it makes us think of all that we love about the infinitely versatile, iconically delicious, impossibly spreadable tree-hanging delight. Just like your average millennial, we’d choose avocado toast over home ownership any day! (Literally never.) We’d also choose Persea: Blakeman to add to pretty much any art assortment. Avocado goes with everything ... Read more on the blog!

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Museo Portfolio Rag

Vintage Editions

For our Vintage Editions series, our curators scour historical archives for both timeless classics and heretofore unseen gems. These images come back to life as exhibition-quality prints now available to everyone. As a bonus, purchasing equals patronage: sales from Vintage Edition prints go towards supporting our growing roster of artists.
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