“Dessert”, Willem Kalf – a description of the picture

“Dessert”, Willem Kalf – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Willem Kalf
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: 1653-1654

Description of the picture :

Dessert – Willem Kalf. Oil on canvas. 105×87.5

   The “Desert” of the Dutch artist Willem Kalfa is a wonderful example of a rich, elegant and colorful still life, which reflected the desire of a rich burger class for luxury and pomp. In the picture, the invisible presence of a person is the master of the depicted things.

   The composition of Desert is quite traditional: there are two glasses, a small jug and a face plate with fresh fruit on the table. The table is lined with an expensive velvet carpet, the gilded cup on it is a finely designed piece of jewelry. Calf masterfully conveys the subtlety of glass and glare on a silver plate. Fruits are written with love, the texture of the glossy uneven crust of cut lemon, its juicy pulp is highlighted. Bright colors and shades of fruit give the canvas a colorful sound, isolating it among other works. Calf, thanks to its unique visual abilities, significantly expanded the illusory possibilities of still life painting and displayed the tastes of the aristocracy of the second half of the XVII century.