White Still Life is a painting in oil on canvas of ironstone dishes that Aunt Rene (Mrs. Irene Deem Ottensmeyer) left to me when she died. The painting is 14 by 24 inches. I have framed it in an antique frame, 22 by 32 inches. (George Deem, letter to Mrs. John Burkhart ,George Deem's Bobe cousin Lorene McCormick, 12 September 1988).
(George Deem published "Hitchhiking" in WhiteWalls, No. 22 (Spring 1989) Incidents of Travel. He offered the editor a photograph of his three paintings Lemon and Breakfast Lunch Dinner and White Still Life "for possible use as illustrations"). Lemon goes with the paragraph about cooking with lemons and with the paragraph about everything being different in another country. It shows six different ways of painting a still-life, the subject being the same.Breakfast Lunch Dinner relates to the listings of meals while traveling.White Still Life is a kitchen scene in Italy.(George Deem, letter to Tim Porges, editor,WhiteWalls, 6 March 1989).
Aunt Rene's China is the preparatory drawing for the painting (White Still Life) which I think you may have seen at Selma's (Selma Deem Schulze), (George Deem, letter to Cyrus and Jean Deem, March 30, 1996).