For almost forty years Heda executed still-life paintings in monochrome colours with an astonishing eye for detail. The two examples in the Hallwyl Collection are typical for his style and of his composition; glasses, beakers tazza-goblets, and different kinds of edibles lies apparently unorganized on a table – a chaos which is expertly directed, however. Willem Heda came to be a leading still life painter in Haarlem and influenced a great number of artist, amongst them his son and pupil, Gerrit. He and his son co-produced several works and it is often hard to tell them apart style-wise.


  • Title: Still-Life
  • Creator: Willem Claesz. Heda
  • Creator Lifespan: 1596 - 1680/82
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Haarlem
  • Creator Birth Place: Haarlem
  • Tags: Dutch
  • Provenance: Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, C.U.Palm, Bukowskis, Stockholm, Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, Stockholm 1906.
  • Physical Dimensions: w680 x h520 mm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Willem Claesz. Heda
  • Artist info: Heda was born in Haarlem, the son of the Haarlem city architect Claes Pietersz. His mother Anna Claesdr. was a member of the Heda family. His uncle was the painter Cornelis Claesz Heda. He became a member of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke in 1631. He is famous for his "ontbijt" or breakfast pieces, and in this regard he is often compared to his contemporary Pieter Claesz.
  • Type: Oil on panel
  • External Link: Image DIG 4497

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