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  • Vase of Flowers

    Artist:
    Mignon, Abraham. 1640-1679
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    87x68 cm

Mignon, Abraham. 1640-1679

Vase of Flowers

Germany, The second half of the 17th century

Abraham Mignon, the pupil of the most prominent Dutch painter of still life, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, took ‘vanitas’ (vanity of vanities) as the central theme in his work. The painting ‘Vase of Flowers’ is also a reminder of evanescence of human life. The large bouquet is overturned by the tame squirrel, who has hooked the vase leg with the chain. By tradition the squirrel nibbling on a nut symbolized hard work but sometimes, as is the case here, she could also represent flippancy. In this bouquet, amongst the buds, the blossoming and faded flowers, the transient charm of which points to the brevity of life, one may notice a poppy as a symbol of the dream and death, as well as the ears of wheat, a symbol of hope of everlasting life. The painting is distinguished by thorough execution and aspiration for bright decorative effects peculiar to Mignon. The flowers fill the entire surface of the canvas in the manner of bright whimsical ornamental pattern.

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Vase of Flowers

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oil

Dimensions:

87x68 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage from the Catherine the Great collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1050

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