Still Life with Fruit, Glassware, and a Wanli Bowl

Artist: Willem Kalf (Dutch, Rotterdam 1619–1693 Amsterdam)

Date: 1659

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 23 x 20 in. (58.4 x 50.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1953

Accession Number: 53.111


Kalf was perhaps the most influential painter of luxurious still lifes from the 1650s onward, though few other artists approached his refinement. Here the effects of light, texture, and color make the painting itself an object of rare craftsmanship, like the Turkish table carpet, the silver tray, and the late Ming bowl. The fruits have been worn and toned down by past cleanings, and the entire painting has darkened with age.