The Table is Set: 10 Dutch Still Life Paintings to Feast your Eyes on

 

The wine is flowing. Gleaming platters are stacked high with, bread, crusty lobsters,  luscious grapes and berries. Looking at the bountiful still lifes of 1600s Flemish painters is enough to get your mouth watering. And then you look closer.


 

 

November 22nd, 2016

 

The wine is flowing. Gleaming platters are stacked high with, bread, crusty lobsters,  luscious grapes and berries. Looking at the bountiful still lifes of 1600s Flemish painters is enough to get your mouth watering. And then you look closer. In many of the paintings the flesh of the fruit is beginning to rot. Insects can be spotted crawling through the uneaten feast; a mouse perches on a peach. One wonders what place this decay has at the dinner table of these gorgeous scenes of plenitude? For the 17th century Dutch, still lifes often contained allegories of vanitas, or the temporal nature of being. Amongst the glorious shining fruit, hidden in less obvious corners of the canvas, there are often symbols of  death. A reminder to all, that amongst the fruit of the harvest, the season is changing, and all things pass and wither.

 

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Pieter Claesz

 

 

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Georg Flegel

 

 

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Willem Claesz Heda

 

 

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Abraham van Beijeren

 

 

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Pieter Claesz

 

 

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Abraham van Beyeren

 

 

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Willem Claesz Heda

 

 

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Floris Gerritsz van Schooten

 

 

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Georg Flegel

 

 

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Abraham van Beyeren

 


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