Thursday, September 14, 2006

Speckled Shells

Still Life (date unknown) by Balthasar van der Ast (c.1593-1656), Rijksmuseum.

The Dutch still life painters concentrated on getting their work to look as close to the real thing as they possibly could. Their backgrounds are often dark and plain in order to feature the objects they are painting.


Suzanne said...

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing your appreciation and knowledge of these beautiful creations.

slatts said...

Ditto to Suzanne's comment. This is a wonderful way to start the day. I always look forward to it!

The Dutch school of painting is amazing in it's photographic detail.

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