Inventory number
P01165
Author
Hamen y León, Juan van der (Spanish)
Title
Still life with fruit and vegetables
Chronology
1623
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
56 cm x 110 cm
School
Española
Theme
Naturaleza muerta
On display
Yes
Provenance
Trinity Museum

On a bench or sideboard are a basket of apricots and plums, with a pumpkin on one side and a group of figs on the other.

The symmetry of the composition, its tenebrist light, meticulous execution and confident rendering of space, link this work to the tradition of sober, straightforward still lifes by Sánchez Cotán and Zurbarán, creators of this type of work and paradigms for that genre in Spain.

The humble quality of the objects depicted here is exceptional in Hamen's work, compared to other, much more exuberant, still lifes.

Probably originally in one of the monasteries disentailed in 1835, this rendering of humble fruits could be interpreted as a suggestion or reminder of the garden at the convent for which it might have been painted.

 
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