Flemish school of the 17th century.
Oil on canvas
Molded and blackened wooden frame of style
Total dimensions : 54 x 75 cm. The canvas alone : 38 x 58 cm
This beautiful still life with a lobster is characteristic of the opulent compositions very much in vogue in Flanders in the 17th century, carefully though simply arranged and often archaic in their system of superimposition.
The painter masterfully employs a fat and creamy material and delicate glazes, as well as a bright palette with brilliant and always well harmonized tones. Indeed, the play of subtle nuances, such as the vermilion red of the lobster, the golden yellow of the peaches, the white of the tablecloth, illustrate well this discreet and refined chromatic balance.
A fine porcelain cup imported from the ends of the earth and a piece of silverware representing a nave, paying homage to the work of Flemish craftsmen, stand out against the background.
Workshop of Joris Van Son (1623-1667)
Declared "Excellent painter of fruits, flowers..." by his contemporaries. By his contemporaries, In the tradition of Jan Davidsz de Heem, Joris Van Son specialized in the genre of pronkstilleven, these still lifes initiated in Antwerp in the 1640s, of a very ornamental style, composed of luxurious objects but also many fruits and sometimes living beings.
Born in Antwerp, Joris Van Son became master of the St. Luke's guild around 1643. We have no information about his training, but his style is similar to that of the painter Jan Davidsz de Heem, who lived in the Flemish city in the 1630's. Although he died quite young, at the age of 44, he had a brilliant career and his works were highly appreciated by collectors, such as the painter Victor Wolfvoet or the merchant Geraert Van Dorth. It must be said that his still lifes were very fashionable at the time. Although they are ostentatious, they can also be interpreted as vanitas paintings, conveying a moral through the use of many objects with strong symbolic meaning.