Paintings of 1650
Van Aelst painted this still-life (signed and dated lower right) in 1650, the year in which he entered the service of Ferdinand II de’Medici, grand duke of Toscany, and of his brother, Cardinal Carlo de’Medici. It is possible, that this painting was executed for the cardinal, who was the artist’s main patron in Florence. In this still-life Van AElst continues the tradition of fruit and flower painting that flourished in Delft from the early 1630s onward with the work of Balthasar van der Ast, Gillis de Bergh, and Evert van Aelst, Willem’s uncle.
Seasons can affect a painting as much as they effect in reality. Cold weather panting generally tends to give us more stable and balanced depiction of particular scene mostly without any negative aspect of life included. It’s like the cold atmosphere has been used to show the peace and the serenity of the people. It’s more like rainy scenes in movies which generally contains heavy emotional values. In the presented painting, the people of the Old Dutch village have come out for the everyday chores while the kids are enjoying the snowy rides on the frozen lake. Amusement can be imagined as the kids can play under the bridge where in normal situation would be very hard to reach. We can see children involved in […]