Dirck de Bray Still Life with a Bouquet in the Making
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This flower still-life is different from all the others, because the bouquet is not yet finished. The vase is only half full, and some of the flowers are still lying on the table. It is also unusual that all the flowers depicted are from the same season: anemones, tulips, narcissi and columbines all bloom in the springtime.
Dirck de Bray came from a Haarlem family of artists. Although he did not paint many works, this still-life shows that he was a very skilled painter.
Sale London, Christie's, 21 June 1968, lot 91, to Speelman; Edward Speelman Gallery, London; Robert H. Smith, Washington; S. Nijstad Gallery, The Hague, 1977; Jonkheer L.C. de Villeneuve, Wassenaar, 1977-2005; by inheritance into the family; acquired with the support of the Vriendenloterij, the Rembrandt Association, and Mr H.B. van der Ven, 2011
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