Abraham Mignon

Vase of Flowers

Vase of Flowers
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Author: Abraham Mignon
Still Life, Painting, Oil on canvas, 87x68 cm
Origin: Germany, Second half of the 17th century

Mignon studied under the leading Dutch still life master Jan Davidsz. de Heem, and he took as his central theme Vanitas, or the vanity of vanities. The large bouquet being overturned by the tame squirrel is a symbol of the transitory nature of existence. By tradition the squirrel, nibbling at a nut, symbolised consistent labour, but sometimes - as here- the squirrel could also be a symbol of frivolity. Amongst the buds, the blooms and the faded petals - the short-lived charms of this bouquet bringing home to us the brevity of life - we see a poppy, symbol of dreams and death, and an ear of wheat, symbol of hope for eternal life. Painted with the care and desire to create bright decorative effects which were typical of Mignon, the picture surface is filled with flowers as if with some bright, swirling pattern.

Source of entry: Provenance: before 1797
Exibition: German Art: 15th - 18th centuries

See also

Abraham Mignon Online
Abraham Mignon [Dutch Baroque Era Painter, 1640-1679] Guide to pictures of works by Abraham Mignon in art museum sites and image archives worldwide.
Abraham Mignon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mignon devoted himself almost exclusively to flowers, fruit, birds and other still-life, though at times he also attempted portraiture. ...
Abraham Mignon - Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - Museum for Art and History
Abraham Mignon (1640-1679). Born in 1640 in Frankfurt, this still life painter was originally apprenticed at the age of nine to the artist Jacob Marrell, ...
Abraham Mignon on artnet
Abraham Mignon (German, 1640-1679) - Find works of art, auction results & sale prices of artist Abraham Mignon at galleries and auctions worldwide.

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