Breakfast with crab, Willem Clas Heda, 1648

Breakfast with crab, Willem Clas Heda, 1648
Breakfast with crab, Willem Clas Heda, 1648 - 1

  • Posted by Willem Claas Heda
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: 1648

Description of the picture :

Breakfast with crabs – Willem Clas Heda. 1648. Oil on canvas. 118×118
   Willem Heda (about 1594 – about 1682) is one of the first masters of the Dutch still life of the 17th century, whose work was highly appreciated by contemporaries. Of particular popularity in Holland was the type of canvas like breakfast. They were created for every taste: from rich to more modest.

   The picture “Breakfast with Crab” sets aside a large size uncharacteristic of the Dutch still life. The total gamut of the work is cold, silver gray with a few pinkish and brown spots. Heda exquisitely depicted a served table on which items of breakfast are located in a carefully thought-out mess. On the platter lies a crab discharged with all the features, a lemon yells nearby, whose gracefully cut crust, twisting, hangs down. On the right are green olives and an appetizing bun with a golden crust. Glass and metal vessels add solidity, their color almost merges with the total gamut.