David Cornelisz DE HEEM
Roses, Lilies, Grapes, Oranges and Horse Chestnut on a Stone Ledge with Butterflies, Ants and a Bee
Oil on panel, 40.70x33.30cm
David Cornelisz de Heem (1663 – 1701) was a Dutch Golden Age painter who specialized in still lifes. He was born in Leiden, the Netherlands, to the painter Cornelis de Heem and his wife Maria van den Bosch. He was the grandson of Jan Davidsz. de Heem, one of the most important still life painters of the Dutch Golden Age.
David Cornelisz de Heem was trained by his father and grandfather, and he was also influenced by the work of other Dutch still life painters, such as Willem Kalf and Abraham van Beyeren. His early paintings depict traditional Dutch still life subjects, such as flowers, fruit, and game. However, he later began to experiment with more exotic and luxurious still lifes, incorporating objects such as Chinese porcelain, Turkish carpets, and gold and silver vessels.
De Heem’s paintings are characterized by their rich colors, their detailed depiction of objects, and their use of light and shadow. He was a master of depicting the textures of different materials, and his paintings often have a luxurious and opulent feel.
De Heem was a successful painter during his lifetime, and his work was collected by many important patrons, including the Prince of Orange and the Duke of Marlborough. He died in The Hague, the Netherlands, at the age of 38.
Private collection, Switzerland
Art rules, Artlife project, Tallinn, 2015
Grapes, Peaches, Hazelnuts And Redcurrants With A Brimstone Butterfly And A Bumblebee, Jan van KESSEL
Still life with a Façon de Venice glass in a Bekerschroef, a pewter jug, a silver cup and plate with bread roll and knife, on a table with a partly draped white cloth, Jan Jansz. den UYL THE ELDER
Jacob van Hulsdonck, “Table laid with cheese, herring and ham”