Still Life with Fruits
Dating: 17th century
Material: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions (cm): 133,3 x 99,5
Inv. no.: PD0043dep / PD0716dep / PNA66699
This painting portrays a still life with fruits. On the left-hand side, there are some barely visible objects (possibly made of silver) one of which is a vase. Next to these objects there are some fruits including a sliced lemon.
Still-life paintings portray some inanimate objects such as flowers, fruits, vegetables or animals. Still-life paintings arose in the Netherlands during the second half of the 17th century to satisfy the tastes of a 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 well 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.
Still-life paintings are, unquestionably, an imitation of reality; a particular moment is captured on canvas where it may be contemplated. However, this Artistic Movement gradually fell out of favour in the 19th century.