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.
A work of beauty, I am thinking that the use of colors cannot be done any better. Look at those wonder full color adoptions. If you look at this work, the symmetry is simply awesome.
Unlike the title sounds, to me there seems to be a lot of family value attached to this painting. George Hartley lived and thrived amidst 19th Century art, allowing his growth to remain unhindered as an aspiring artist. He has earned much name as a painter of real life situations and more importantly, as a realist. Party Animals is not just about partying, as we would think today. It is a rich ensemble of cultural celebration, personal ties and happy or affluent times. Hartley drew inspiration not only from realism in history, but also the fine sculptures, classical perfection and the romantics. However, Hartley is quite popular as the realist who uses shades of grey in a self-realization way. He is hardly the artist you […]