Georg Flegel

Still Life with Flowers and Snacks

Still Life with Flowers and Snacks
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Author: Georg Flegel
Still Life, Painting, Oil on panel, 52.5x41 cm
Origin: Germany, Between 1630 and 1635

This painting by the founder of German still life painting, Georg Flegel, can be seen as an allegory of the transitory nature of life. The table laid with its cooked chicken and its berries, crowned with a bouquet of flowers, allow the artist to think on the briefness of human existence, summed up in the phrase "such is the way of all things". The composition closes to the right with an hourglass, a characteristic element in such works. Flegel's world of real objects is marked by a scrupulous naturalism in the conveyance of details, but the stark contrast between the flat black ground and the bright colour of the bouquet serves to emphasise the starkness of the message.

Source of entry: via the State Museum Fund from the collection of O. E. Braz, Leningrad, 1928
Exibition: German Art: 15th - 18th centuries

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