Talking Points: Flemish and Dutch Still Life Paintings

A collection of sources to explore the still life paintings of Dutch and Flemish artists between 1600-1800.

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Jacob Vosmaer

A Vase with Flowers Artist: Jacob Vosmaer (Dutch, Delft ca. 1584–1641 Delft) Date: probably 1613 Medium: Oil on wood Dimensions: 33 1/2 x 24 5/8 in. (85.1 x 62.5 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: Purchase, 1871

A Vase with Flowers, Jacob Vosmaer (Dutch, Delft ca. 1584–1641 Delft) 1613, Oil on wood, 33 1/2 x 24 5/8 in, Purchase, 1871

Questions to Ask Children

How would you describe the mood of this painting?

How have the colours impacted the mood?

How does the painting make you feel?

Jan Davidsz

Close up of Flowers in a glass vase by Dutch painter Jan Davidsz. de Heem, 1606-1684, Oil on wooden panel, height 93.2 cm x width 69.6 cm - from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Close up of Flowers in a glass vase by Dutch painter Jan Davidsz. de Heem, 1606-1684, Oil on wooden panel, height 93.2 cm x width 69.6 cm – from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Questions to Ask Children

How does this painting compare with the first painting of flowers?

Which do you prefer and why?

Melchior d’ Hondecoeter 

Peacocks Artist: Melchior d' Hondecoeter (Dutch, Utrecht 1636–1695 Amsterdam) Date: 1683 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 74 7/8 x 53 in. (190.2 x 134.6 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: Gift of Samuel H. Kress, 1927 Accession Number: 27.250.1

PeacocksMelchior d’ Hondecoeter (Dutch, Utrecht 1636–1695 Amsterdam), 1683, Oil on canvas, 74 7/8 x 53 in. (190.2 x 134.6 cm), Gift of Samuel H. Kress, 1927

Peter Claesz

Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill Artist: Pieter Claesz (Dutch, Berchem? 1596/97–1660 Haarlem) Date: 1628 Medium: Oil on wood Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (24.1 x 35.9 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1949 Accession Number: 49.107

Still Life with a Skull and a Writing QuillPieter Claesz (Dutch, Berchem? 1596/97–1660 Haarlem), 1628, Oil on wood, 24.1 x 35.9 cm, Rogers Fund, 1949

Questions to Ask Children

What can you see?

What do you think the painter was trying to say with this painting?

What do you like/dislike about it?

How does this painting make you feel?

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