“Flowers in a glass vase and fruits,” Jan Davids de Hem – a description of the picture
- Posted by Jan Davids de Hem
- Museum: Dresden Gallery
- Year: Unknown
Description of the picture :
Flowers in a glass vase and fruits – Jan David de Hem. B / g. Oil on canvas. 100 x 75.5 cm
Jan Davids de Hem is a Dutch artist who worked in Leiden for some time, but in 1635 he joined the St. Luke’s Antwerp Guild and the following year became an Antwerp citizen. Around 1667 he returned to his native Utrecht, but in 1672 he fled back to Antwerp from the French who captured the city.
De Hem became famous for his magnificent still mouths of flowers. They are so carefully executed that today they may well serve as a kind of reference to European flora. But first of all, the canvases are attracted by their artistic qualities, the beauty of the combination of plant and paint colors, the wealth of their palette, the complexity of the composition, which allows us to present a bright color (red) range of colors (plants).
To a large extent, thanks to Jan Davids de Hem, the still life became an independent genre of painting in the work of the Dutch and Flemish masters of the 17th century. The still lifes of this time are largely allegorical. So, in addition to the colors themselves, the picture shows a butterfly and snail; caterpillars and larvae are found on other canvases. They mean not just the cycle of the earthly life of man, but also death and resurrection.