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Pronk Still Life with Holbein Bowl, Nautilus Cup, Glass Goblet and Fruit Dish

Willem Kalf1678

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst
Copenhagen, Denmark

Willem Kalf came from a wealthy merchant family from Rotterdam. As a young man he went to Paris where he specialised in still lifes and rural interiors.

The "Splendid" still life

The work shown here is an example of the new canon for the “Pronk” or “Splendid” still life that he established in his mature years. Focusing on only a few objects, Kalf used an evocative clair-obscur style particularly excellent for depicting light reflected in the surfaces of the objects, be it the velvety apricot bowl, the glossy porcelain, or the mother-of-pearl nautilus cup.

The still life's objects

The objects shown in Kalf’s still life were far beyond the reach of common folk. For example, the lidded vessel of rock crystal with gold trim shown in the middle is the so-called Holbein Bowl owned by Henry 8. (1491-1547) until 1649, a piece that Kalf might have seen in the art galleries of Amsterdam. Between the Holbein Bowl and the porcelain bowl is a pocket watch with an open crystal lid and a key suspended on a blue string. Perhaps the watch is also the key to a moral message that our earthbound materialistic lives will soon come to an end?

Details

  • Title: Pronk Still Life with Holbein Bowl, Nautilus Cup, Glass Goblet and Fruit Dish
  • Creator: Willem Kalf
  • Date Created: 1678
  • Værktekst: Willem Kalf var ud af en velhavende handelsfamilie fra Rotterdam. Som ung tog han til Paris, hvor han specialiserede sig i at male stillebener og landlige interiører. Pragtstillebenet Det her gengivne værk er et eksempel på den nye kanon for pragtstillebenet, som han etablerede i en moden alder. Med fokus på ganske få genstande malede Kalf i en suggestiv clair-obscur stil, hvis største styrke er skildringen af lysets refleksioner i genstandenes overflade, det være sig i de fløjlsbløde abrikoser, den blanke porcelænsskål eller nautiluspokalens perlemor. Stillebenets genstande Genstandene i Kalfs stilleben var ikke i almindelige folks eje. Skålpokalen af bjergkrystal og guldmontering i maleriets midte er for eksempel den såkaldte Holbeinskål, som var i Henrik 8.s (1491-1547) eje indtil 1649, og som Kalf kan have set i kunsthandelen i Amsterdam. Mellem Holbeinskålen og porcelænsskålen ses et lommeur med et opslået låg af krystal og en nøgle, der hænger ned i en blå snor. Det er måske samtidig nøglen til et moralsk budskab om, at det jordiske materialistiske liv snart rinder ud?
  • Teknik: Olie på lærred
  • Proveniens: Erhvervet 1810
  • Provenance: Acquired 1810
  • Physical Dimensions: w56 x h68 cm (Without frame)
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=1155
  • Dansk Titel: Pragtstilleben med Holbeinskål, Nautilus- og glaspokal og frugtskål
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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