The silver pitcher, which has a prominent place in this luxury still life, also appears in no less than twelve still lifes by Van Beyeren. The painter is reflected in the pitcher, wearing a hat and painting with his left hand. The rich still life also includes a Persian carpet, a porcelain bowl with exotic fruits and an embossed silver platter.
Doris Chan asked
May I know if there are any meanings that van Beijeren painted himself on the pitcher? Is it a trend during the Golden Age, or is it just a kind of sense of pride of artists during that period of time/his own personal preferences?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Abraham van Beijeren made twelve ‘sumptuous still lifes’ with the same pitcher on it. He probably did this for the same reason people appreciate this today. When you see the painter in the pitcher for the first time, it feels like a discovery. Only the people who watch attentively will see this detail. However, it doesn’t have any further symbolic meaning. Pride is probably also an important element, but it is also ‘proof’ that it is painted after life. A way to show the public that it is portrayed as realistically as possible. There is a tradition with these kind of reflections by painters, one example is Clara Peters.
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|Title||Still Life with a Silver Pitcher|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 88 cm
Height 102.5 cm
Abraham van Beijeren
|Accession number||VdV 2|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972|
|Age artist||Between 40 and 45 years old|
|Collector||Collector / Willem van der Vorm|
De verzameling Willem van der Vorm. Schilderijen van Hollandse en Franse meesters uit de 17e en 19e eeuw (1950)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
|Geographical origin||Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
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Abraham van Beijeren
Den Haag 1620/1621 - Overschie 1690
Abraham van Beijeren's name appeared in 1816 as Aelbert van Beijeren in the book 'History of the Fatherland's painting art' by Van Eijnden and Van de Willigen....Bekijk het volledige profiel