The Overturned Bouquet, Abraham Mignon, 1660 - 1679

The Overturned Bouquet, Abraham Mignon, 1660 - 1679

oil on canvas, h 89.5cm × w 71.5cm More details

The ultimate challenge facing a 17th-century still-life painter was to render various materials in a convincing fashion. Everything had to appear real: a contemporary aptly coined this as ‘semblance without being’. Abraham Mignon was a master of such seeming realism. In this still life the cat playing with a mousetrap has upset a vase of flowers. Amongst the tulips, irises, poppies, and peonies can be discerned ants, spiders, caterpillars, and snails.

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