A Feast for the Eyes:
200 Years of American Still-Life Painting from the Hevrdejs Collection

April 22 – July 30, 2017

Exhibition Overview

Featuring rarely seen works by major American artists—including James Peale, John F. Peto, Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth—this exhibition celebrates the history of still-life painting in the United States. Drawn from a private collection, these pictures represent an extraordinary range of subject matter, from fruit and flowers to images of guns and game. Among the major works in the exhibition are John F. Peto’s vibrant and haunting trompe l’oeil painting, The Writer’s Table: A Precarious Moment (1892) and Andrew Wyeth’s strikingly somber Christina’s Teapot (1968).

Frank J. Hevrdejs is a nationally-recognized collector of American art, pursuing his passion for over 30 years. A Life Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and longtime chairman of its Collections Committee, Frank has pledged this extraordinary collection to the MFAH. He and his wife, Michelle, are now sharing it with visitors in Memphis and Tacoma, Washington, before it returns to Houston.

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Raphaelle Peale, Orange and Book, c. 1817, Oil on canvas, the Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection. Thomas R. Dubrock, photographer.

Exhibition Sponsors

Lucy and Tom Lee


Glenna Flautt


Molitor Ford and Buddy Stallings


Rose Johnston


Dorothy O. Kirsch


Bickie and Mike McDonnell

Peggy Bodine
Nancy McFadden Copp
Lucia and James Gilliland