The Utrecht artist De Heem is regarded as one of the most important still-life paintersThe 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.
Jan Davidsz de Heem (Utrecht 1606 - 1683/1684 Antwerp)
Garland of Fruit and Flowers
74.7 x 60.2 cm
middenboven: J.D. de Heem. fecit
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, until 1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822