Still Life with Landscape
Abraham Hendricksz van Beyeren ( Dutch, 1620 - 1690 )
Painting sumptuous banquet tables laden with silver and gold vessels, fancy glassware, fine fruit, and expensive table coverings of damask, satin, and velvet was a specialty of Abraham van Beyeren. Works of this kind gave him the opportunity to demonstrate his skill at describing the play of light on a variety of different surfaces and to organize luxurious objects into opulent compositions.
Still–life painting was enormously popular in 17th–century Holland. Van Beyeren's paintings stand apart from most, however, in his unusually loose and energetic brushwork.
Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2010.