Grapes, Plums, Melon, Apricots, a peeled Lemon, Hazelnuts on a Stone Ledge, Ca. 1660.
Oil on canvas, H. 0.64 m; W. 0.56 m
Signed lower right: C. DE HEEM.
Provenance: Private collection, Belgium.
Cornelis de Heem was the son and the pupil of Jan Davidsz de Heem and was born in Leiden in 1631. Apart from the years at The Hague from 1676 to 1681, he spent his career, like his father, in Antwerp where he became a St Luc’s guild member from 1660. His paintings included bouquets of flowers or fruits, combining flowers and fruits in creating beautiful arrangements of sumptuous fruit still-lives, in the manner of his father, yet differing from one another in both style and quality.
In the present painting, various fruits have been perfectly rendered: ripe apricots, juicy white grapes, still attached to their vines, blue wine grapes, dark violet plums, yellow plums, a peeled lemon, a cut melon, walnuts, hazelnuts. The richly full composition of fruits resting on plates on a stone ledge hardly visible under the abundance of fruit.