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Where to buy...Sherrie Wolf

Sherrie Wolf’s latest work depicts still-life objects against lush backdrops.

Eighteenth-century portraitists painted wealthy patrons in impossibly glorious landscape settings. Sherrie Wolf’s latest work is a twist on that time-honored melding of genres, depicting still-life objects against similarly lush (and staged) backdrops. A peach and a plum lounge on a plate at lake’s edge, watching the sherbety sunset as a figure in the distance performs vesper rituals. A cut flower in a colored vase is joined by a toy mouse and a collection of polished seashells on a ledge overlooking a rocky seacoast, populated by a suspiciously diverse cross section of avian life—penguins, flamingos, even a duck the size of a hermit crab. At Arden Gallery, 129 Newbury St., Boston, (617) 247-0610. Through March 31. Prices range from $2,300 to $13,500.

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