Still Life with Flowers and Fruits
Dating: 17th century
Material: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions (cm): 59 x 74
Inv. no.: PD0051dep / PD0724dep / PNA66695
On the table, there is a metal vase with leaves and flowers, in addition to an open pumpkin and fruit.
Still-life paintings portray inanimate objects such as flowers, fruit, vegetables or animals. Still-life paintings arose in the Netherlands during the second half of the 17th century to satisfy the tastes of an prominent middle class who wanted to be portrayed in historical or religious paintings. Although it was considered (as in Landscape and Animal paintings) to be a less important subject for art, the still-life paintings quickly became really known and recognized all over Europe.
The apogee of this Art form was in the second half of the 17th century and well into the 18th century. However, the decadence of this artistic movement happened in the 19th century.