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Still life with fruit
oil on canvas
67.3 × 79.8 cm
inscribed in brown paint u.r.: J. D. de Heem f (dot above f)
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1935
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Gallery location
17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
From the 1640s, de Heem was the most important and influential still-life painter in the Netherlands. This painting belongs to an iconographic type invented by him: the pronkstilleven, or sumptuous still life. This popular type of painting enlivened rooms of many Netherlandish homes. De Heem’s technical brilliance gives the work a seductive realism. With the exception of the cherries, all the luscious fruits are from the autumn harvest, richly celebrated in this superb painting.