Still Life with Fruit and Flowers

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.

Title
Still Life with Fruit and Flowers
Artist
Date
1824
Location
Dimensions
19 3424 18 in. (50.261.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Still life – vegetable – corn
  • Still life – fruit – peach
  • Still life – fruit – grape
  • Still life – flower – tulip
  • Still life – flower – rose
  • Still life – fruit – berry
Object Number
1979.148
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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