Garland of Fruit and Flowers

Jan Davidsz. de Heemc. 1650 - 1660


Den Haag, Netherlands

The Utrecht artist De Heem is regarded as one of the most important still-life painters of the seventeenth century. He settled in Antwerp and specialised in profuse bouquets of flowers, fruit and ears of wheat. De Heem was the first to paint this type of decorative flower garland.

A garland of grapes, apples, apricots and peaches hangs on blue ribbons. Flowers like carnations and orange blossom are placed among the fruits. But there are also snowdrops and chestnuts – flowers and fruits from very different seasons. So this garland is evidently an imaginary one.


  • Title: Garland of Fruit and Flowers
  • Creator: Heem, Jan Davidsz de
  • Date Created: c. 1650 - 1660
  • Physical Dimensions: h60.2 cm x w74.7 cm
  • Provenance: Adriaan Bout, The Hague; his sale, 11 August 1733, lot 137; William IV, The Hague; Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn, 1757; Prince William V, The Hague
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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