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Flower Vase and Ceramic Bowl
Camprobín, Pedro de
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Camprobín, Pedro de

Almagro, Ciudad Real, 1605 - Sevilla, 1674

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Flower Vase and Ceramic Bowl

1663. Oil on canvas. Not on display

In an effort to make their works beautiful and attractive, painters established a hierarchy in which secondary objects were subordinated to the principle ones to generate a charming and stimulating set of complementary relations. This allowed them to demonstrate their mastery while differentiating certain paintings from others in response to specific clients’ tastes. Competing with themselves to please demanding clients was extraordinarily fruitful and led to a splendidly decorative production.

In their serenely harmonious display of this approach, the present canvas and its pendant (P7918) are proof of Camprobín’s skill and reknown. In fact, this manner of painting became one of his most efficient ways of standing out among his rivals. His multiple resources and his particular gift for formulating easily recognizable pieces are visible here in perfectly chosen and exquisite detail. An unhurried look at these works suggests that when seen from close up, they present compositions built from skillfully overlapped planes. At a greater distance, however, the flowers appear to stand out, floating separately in space in a way that suggests there is air between them and the green foliage behind them. Nothing could be more natural and free, more successfully or carefully studied to convey a sense of authenticity.

The bronze vessel that contains the bouquet is depicted in a way that emphasizes its golden metallic sheen and fine moldings, adding yet another asset to this painting’s overall value. And the same could be said of the beautifully crafted secondary vessel: a delicate Oriental porcelain bowl with water and a flower, which rests at the foot of the vase among the fallen petals. The vase rests on a fine wooden surface. Well lit, it stands out against a neutral background that contributes to the flowers’ expressive qualities. Especially the combinations of similar, soft and gently contrasted tonalities. The practically imperceptible butterfly adds a touch of fragility perfectly coordinated with the other motives (Text drawn from Luna, J. J.: El bodegón español en el Prado. De Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 86).

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Flower Vase and Crystal Vessel
Oil on canvas, 1663
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Camprobín, Pedro de
Flower Vase and Ceramic Bowl
Height: 77 cm.; Width: 58 cm.
Acquisition from the Rosendo Naseiro Collection, 2006

Bibliography +

Cherry, Peter, Arte y naturaleza: el bodegón español en el siglo de oro, Ediciones Doce Calles, Madrid, 1999, pp. 264-266.

Flores españolas del Siglo de Oro: la pintura de flores en la España del siglo XVII, Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2002, pp. nº25, 26.

Lo fingido verdadero. Bodegones de la colección Naseiro adquiridos para el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2006, pp. 72.

Portús Pérez, Javier, Memoria de Actividades 2006, Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2007, pp. 20-30.

Natures mortes de Sánchez Cotán a Goya a l'entorn de la col...., Museu Nacional d'Art de Cataluny, Barcelona, 2007.

Luna, Juan J., El bodegón español en el Prado: de Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2008, pp. 86/87.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2717.

Inscriptions +

Po de Camprovin
Signed. Front

Exhibitions +

El bodegón español en el Prado
24.03.2011 - 26.06.2011

El bodegón español en el Prado
11.03.2010 - 06.06.2010

El bodegón español en el Prado
12.10.2009 - 14.02.2010

El bodegón español en el Prado
25.06.2009 - 20.09.2009

El bodegón español en el Prado
31.03.2009 - 31.05.2009

El bodegón español en el Prado
24.09.2008 - 30.11.2008

Naturalezas muertas. De Sánchez Cotán a Goya. En el entorno de la Colección Naseiro
26.03.2007 - 24.06.2007

Lo fingido verdadero. Bodegones españoles de la colección Naseiro adquiridos para el Prado.<br />
24.10.2006 - 07.01.2007

Displayed objects +

Porcelain: Cuenco de porcelana oriental

Decorative object and tableware: Jarrón de bronce

Update date: 25-10-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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