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Flower Still Life with a Bowl of Fruit and Oysters
  • Flower Still Life with a Bowl of Fruit and Oysters

    TitleFlower Still Life with a Bowl of Fruit and Oysters
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 72,8 x 67,8 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 102,5 x 98,5 cm
  • DatingMade probably 1665 - 1672
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Dutch, born between 1606-04-15 and 1606-04-25, dead between 1683-10-14 and 1684-04-26
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 6958
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1996 Sara och Johan Emil Graumann Fund with contribution from Nationalmusei Vänner
  • Description
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    Dewdrops and insects suggest that the bouquet is freshly picked. The painting reflects the lucrative Dutch trade in flower bulbs. The orange refers to the nation’s leader, William of Orange. The bowl could be imported Chinese porcelain or faience from Delft. In interpretations of 17th-century still lifes, oysters and fruit are often seen as symbols of fertility, while ears of grain and butterflies represent eternal life and resurrection.