“Dessert,” Jan Davids de Hem – a description of the picture
- Posted by Jan Davids de Hem
- Museum: Louvre
- Year: 1640
Description of the picture :
Dessert – Jan Davids de Hem. Oil on canvas. 149 x 203 cm
At this work, the master of the Dutch still life, Jan Davids de Hem, presents an abundance of fruits and exotic treats combined with rich cups, jugs, wine bottles on a dusty table. The selection and layout of items that seem random is carefully verified by the painter. This allows him to convey with unrivaled skill the wealth of textures of various surfaces, their ability to reflect light.
At that time, in the Netherlands, stillbirth artists demonstrated their ability to write a wide variety of objects, often of secret meaning, and thus build a kind of symbolic “texts”.