Look at the 'Flower Still life' by Franz Xaver Petter and the 'Still Life, Flowers and Fruit' by Severin Roesen. There are many flowers and fruit that are piled on the table, in dishes and baskets. I love those tender colors of roses, bright irises and daffodils.
Franz Xaver Petter, 'Flower Still life', 1821
The artist Frans Snyders is wellknown as the collection of his works in Hermitage museum, Saint Petersburg. I've chosen his 'Fruit in a Bowl on a Red Cloth' and the 'Fruit Stall' to show you. There are many heavy ripe juicy fruit: pears, peaches, grape, plums, nuts, blackberry, figs in the Snyders's paintings. The fruit are everywhere: on a table, in dishes, bowls, all types of baskets, and even just on the floor, filling baskets, buckets, pails. When having seen them many years ago I was surprised by luxury, bright colors and abundance.
Frans Snyders 'Fruit in a Bowl on a Red Cloth', 1620
Frans Snyders 'Fruit Stall', 1615
I've recently learned 'Still life' by Ivan Khrutsky and Antonio de Pereda and I liked their works. What the wonderful flowers, vases, cups and bureau!
Ivan Khrutsky 'Still life', 1854
Antonio de Pereda 'Still life with an ebony chest', 1652
Here are works 'Still-Life with Fruit and Flowers' by Tomas Hiepes and 'Still-Life on a Table with Fruit and Flowers' by Jan van Kessel. If you look attentively at the fruit you will see that they represent different countries and ripen at different times of the year.
Tomas Hiepes 'Still-Life with Fruit and Flowers', 1642
Jan van Kessel 'Still-Life on a Table with Fruit and Flowers',1650
The Still life by Clara Peeters was an discovery to me some years ago. She painted many Still life and I want to show you two of them: 'Still life with a tart, roast chicken, bread, rice and olives' and 'Still life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels'. Food is so natural that I'd like to try these bread, cheese, tart and wine!
Clara Peeters 'Still life with a tart, roast chicken, bread, rice and olives', 1635
Clara Peeters 'Still life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels', 1640
I agree with specialists who say that Still life became an independent genre of painting thanks to many painters and especially to Snyders .
What do you think about Still life? Who of Old Masters do you prefer?
Have a nice week all!