Balthasar van der Ast

Fruit Still Life with Shells and Tulip

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1066 voorzijde

Balthasar van der Ast
Fruit Still Life with Shells and Tulip

1620 On view in Room 16

This colourful still-life from 1620 is the earliest known painting by Van der Ast, one of the first still-life specialists. An expensive Chinese porcelain dish holds quinces, pomegranates, apricots and grapes. Some exotic shells and a tulip are laid out on the table.

Van der Ast chose a high vantage point, so that we are looking down on the table and can see each object clearly. This composition was customary for still-lifes from the beginning of the seventeenth century.

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1066 voorzijde

Balthasar van der Ast
Fruit Still Life with Shells and Tulip

1620 On view in Room 16

Acquired with the support of the Rembrandt Association, 1983
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General information
Balthasar van der Ast (Middelburg 1593 - 1657 Delft)
Fruit Still Life with Shells and Tulip
1620
painting
1066
Room 16
Material and technical details
oil
panel
64 x 46 cm
Inscriptions
linksonder: .B. vander. Ast. fe. / .1620.

Provenance

Sale Amsterdam, Frederik Muller, 26-29 November and 2 December 1946, lot 1147; N. van Bohemen Gallery, The Hague, 1947; Douwes Gallery, Amsterdam, 1963; H. Girardet, Kettwich, 1963; P. de Boer Gallery, Amsterdam, 1983; purchased with the support of the Rembrandt Association, 1983