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  • Still Life with Flowers and Snacks

    Artist:
    Flegel, Georg. 1566-1638
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    52,5x41 cm

Flegel, Georg. 1566-1638

Still Life with Flowers and Snacks

Germany, Between 1630 and 1635

This painting by the founder of German still-life painting, Georg Flegel, can be seen as an allegory of the transitory nature of life. The table laid with a cooked chicken and fruit crowned with a bouquet of flowers, allow the artist to think on the briefness of human existence, summed up in the phrase "such is the way of all things". The composition closes to the right with an hourglass, a characteristic element in such works. Flegel's world of real objects is marked by a scrupulous naturalism in the conveyance of details, but the sharp contrast between the black ground and the bright colour of the bouquet serves to emphasize the starkness of the message.

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Still Life with Flowers and Snacks

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oil

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52,5x41 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1928; handed over from the O.E. Braz collection in Leningrad

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-6054

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