Still Life with Fruit and Flowers

Media - 1979.148 - SAAM-1979.148_1 - 5750
Copied Cornelius de Beet, Still Life with Fruit and Flowers, 1824, oil on wood, 19 3424 18 in. (50.261.4 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1979.148
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Artwork Details

Still Life with Fruit and Flowers
19 3424 18 in. (50.261.4 cm)
lower right in oil: C De Beet 1824 back lower right in oil: Painted by Corls. de Beet/Baltimore, Md. 1824
Credit Line
Museum purchase
Mediums Description
oil on wood
  • Still life
  • Still life — flower — tulip
  • Still life — fruit — grape
  • Still life — flower — rose
  • Still life — vegetable — corn
  • Still life — fruit — cantaloupe
  • Still life — fruit — peach
  • Still life — fruit — berry
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Artwork Description

The fruit and flowers in this painting symbolize nature's riches. In the center of the arrangement is a melon, which has been opened and will soon decay, a reminder of the fleeting nature of life. Cornelius de Beet's paintings reward careful looking, offering up delightful surprises such as the butterfly in this work. The artist was born and studied in Amsterdam, and this painting evokes his homeland, known for its long tradition of still-life painting. The parrot tulips in this image recall the tulip mania that led many Hollanders of the seventeenth century to bankrupt themselves speculating on the sale of exotic bulbs.