Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kalf, Willem

Still-Life with an Aquamanile, Fruit, and a Nautilus Cup
c. 1660
Oil on canvas, 111 x 84 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Kalf, Willem (1622 - 1693)
Dutch painter.
One of the most celebrated of all sill-life painters.
His pictures have often been compared with those of Vermeer because of his masterly handling of texture and his ability to manipulate warm and cool colours (he frequently contrasts the reddish browns in a carpet with the yellow of a peeled lemon and the blue and white of porcelain).