Dutch Master Willem Van Aelst, Mid 17th Century Oil On Canvas Still Lifes
Item # 6175
Category: Objets D'art
A magnificent mid 17th century Oil on Canvas Still Lifes, by Dutch Master Willem Van Aelst. A large handsome urn with beautiful blossoming flowers abound. Rich vibrant color and hues throughout. All within a finely carved giltwood frame.
WILLEM VAN AELST – (1626-1683) Dutch Master, Born in Delft, Netherlands.
Raised by his uncle, the still-life painter Evert van Aelst. Willem was accepted into the Brotherhood of Saint-Luc, Master Painters, in 1643 and went to live in France two years later, for four years.
In 1649 he traveled to Florence where his paintings were acquired by the Medicis Cosimo III and Leopoldo, his success was considerable. A craftsman of extraordinary skill, van Aelst painted the sorts of objects customary among his fellow still-life producers: flowers in ornate, precious vases, and ripe fruit. He was so much in demand that he was hard pressed to satisfy the demands on his talent. The Italians named him Guillielmo D’Olanda, and he made it a habit to sign his first name as Guillielmo.
His paintings may be seen all throughout Europe in the finest Museums in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels and of course Italy and France – Louvre.
Van Aelst’s critics regularly noted a certain bipolarity in his paintings: while they were manifestly objects of extraordinary artifice, the viewer experiences the things they depict as uncannily present, as if they were hallucinated.
An article published for his exhibition in Washington recently stated:
“Still-life painting bloomed as never before in the Netherlands in the 17th century, and among its most vibrant and coveted blossoms were those of Willem van Aelst. He is the subject of “Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst,” a small, intense exhibition of 28 paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washigton DC”.