Kat Posted March 5, 2006 Share Posted March 5, 2006 Vanitas Still Life by Pieter Claesz, 1625Continuing in Dragonfly's series on Dutch painters, I will add Pieter Claesz. I recently discovered him when I saw the exhibition of his work at the National Galleries. It was quite impressive. His tabletop still life scenes are incredible. Extremely realistic renderings that are dramatic depictions of imported foods and magnificent tableware. He captures every detail, lighting and texture in some pretty elaborate pieces and it is breathtaking to see up close. His work has a richness to it that made this exhibit one of my favorites. Vanitas Still Life is a bit different from the food pieces, but since Inky recently told me that she was interested in the artistic genre of Vanitas, I thought I would share this piece. It is reflecting on death. The candle burning down, the flower fading, the skull, and the watch give the message that time is passing. Contrasting that with the depictions of good life food paintings tells us to live it up while we can. Also check out this website of his work.Kat Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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