AELST, Willem van
(b. 1627, Delft, d. ca. 1683, Amsterdam)

Flower Still-Life

Oil on canvas, 58 x 47 cm
Private collection

The present painting, treats one of Willem van Aelst's favourite themes of still-lifes of flowers. In this composition the roses, carnations, thistles, peonies, the green leaves and stems tumble out of the glass vase in a haphazard fashion. This arrangement gives the subject volume and creates a natural setting. Van Aelst has silhouetted the objects against a dark background. The flowers, glass vase, velvet and the marble are bathed in a sharp light from the left which accentuates the textures and colours of these lustrous items.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 7 minutes):
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, ballet suite, op. 71, Waltz of the Flowers