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Janet Fish
(American, b. 1938)
Cherries in Brandy, 1973
Lithograph, 28 1/4" x 23"

Gift of Allwyn and Ellen Levine (2000.213)

An absorbing interest in light and reflection characterizes the work of Janet Fish.  Primarily a painter, Fish is also noted for her prints, which she began making professionally in 1973.  Cherries in Brandy is the first of these, and is the result of a special commission from fine art publisher Brooke Alexander.  Depicting two bottles adorned with plastic cherries, the print is superficially related to Pop Art; however, Fish’s focus on light effects reveals an overarching concern with purely visual phenomena.  Encompassing a variety of textured surfaces, both solid and transparent, Cherries in Brandy is ultimately an exploration of the ways in which light interacts with objects.

Fish studied art at Smith College and the Yale School of Fine Arts.  During the 1960s, she began painting large images of fruits and vegetables.  Her interest in the effects of light on shrink-wrapped plastic led her to still life compositions involving water glasses, plastic bottles, jars, and other reflective and translucent objects.  Following the publication of Cherries in Brandy, Fish went on to experiment with color lithography; since then she has branched out to etching, woodcuts, and screenprints.  Both her paintings and prints may be found in a number of public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.