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Flowers in a Glass Flask

Jacob de Gheyn III, Jacob de Gheyn II1612

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De Gheyn, a painter from The Hague, may have been the first Dutch master to paint a still-life of only flowers, shortly after 1600. He made this painting over ten years later. It shows a profuse bouquet of many different flowers.

De Gheyn has not copied an existing bouquet, as the flowers depicted here bloom at different times of the year. He was concerned instead with painting a ‘portrait’ of the most beautiful flowers. This is why he placed them all at the front of the bouquet, where they were equally visible.

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  • Title: Flowers in a Glass Flask
  • Creator: Gheyn II, Jacob de
  • Date Created: 1612
  • Physical Dimensions: h58 cm x w44 cm
  • Provenance: N. Nieuhoff, Amsterdam, 1777; L. Dimon, Perpignan; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, purchased in 1934; on long-term loan from the Haags Historisch Museum, The Hague (inv. no. 34-1934), since 1987; transferred to the Haags Historisch Museum, the Hague, loan continued
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: copper

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