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Willem van Aelst (1627 - in or after 1683)
A Vase of Flowers
A526; oil on canvas; 67 x 55 cm
Signed: Guill.mo van Aelst. 1663
Prov: (?)Sir John Austen; C.H.T. Hawkins
Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, 1939; WA1940.2.2
Meijer 2003, no. 1
Van Aelst was one of the most successful and influential still-life painters of the 17th century. His flower paintings, composed with a sinuous asymmetry and lavishly detailed, brought a new decorative elegance into Dutch still-life painting. The vase in this painting was one of the artist's favourite accessories, first appearing in a still life in 1649.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.