(b. ca. 1600, Haarlem, d. ca. 1675, Haarlem)

Flower Piece

Oil on panel, 27 x 20,5 cm
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem

A bouquet of striped tulips, a rose, an orange lily, a red and white carnation, stocks and a cyclamen. This is an imaginary bouquet; these flowers did not bloom at the same time. In Haarlem, the centre of flower-growing, there was only one painter of floral still-lifes, Hans Bollongier, who continued the tradition of Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 2 minutes):
Franz Schubert: Blumenlied (Flower Song) D 431