Abraham van Beyeren

Still life with fruit and game (about 1660)

About this artwork

In this 'pronkstilleven' (Dutch for ‘sumptuous still lifes’) van Beyeren depicted a large variety of luxury objects, such as the Wan-li kraak (Chinese export porcelain) bowl, the Venetian glasses, brass mortar, and the pheasant and two hares. They are expressions of wealth as well as a demonstration of the artist’s painterly virtuosity.

Abraham van Beyeren

Abraham van Beyeren

Born and trained in The Hague, Abraham van Beyeren led a restless life. He worked in his hometown as well as Leiden, Delft, Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Gouda, and Overschie, where he died. Van Beyeren started out as a painter of seascapes but from the early 1650s onwards, he turned to still lifes. Best known for his paintings showing fish, he is also one of the most important Dutch painters of ‘pronkstillevens’ (Dutch for ‘sumptuous still lifes’).