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


Van Beyeren’s style is somewhat unusual in that he describes luxurious objects (such as silver-gilt vessels and Chinese porcelain) and comestible delicacies with a loose touch and Rembrandtesque illumination. This probably reflects the fact that he worked in different locations, including The Hague, Delft, and Amsterdam. His palette was usually understated, but this picture has lost some color with age.