Still Life with Lobster and Fruit

Artist: Abraham van Beyeren (Dutch, The Hague 1620/21–1690 Overschie)

Date: probably early 1650s

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 38 x 31 in. (96.5 x 78.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Edith Neuman de Végvár, in honor of her husband, Charles Neuman de Végvár, 1971

Accession Number: 1971.254

Description

Over the course of an itinerant career, Van Beyeren specialized in still lifes of luxurious objects (such as silver-gilt vessels and Chinese porcelain) and expensive foodstuffs, depicted with an unusually loose touch and Rembrandtesque illumination. His palette was understated, but this picture has lost some color with age.

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