|Breakfast with a Crab, Willem Claeszoon Heda|
|Still-life with Nautilus, 1654, Willem Claeszoon Heda. |
By the 1650s, Heda's palette had warmed somewhat...if not his breakfast palate.
|Still-life, 1649, Willem Claeszoon, Heda. The ham seems a bit fatty.|
|Breakfast Table with Blackberry Pie, 1631, Willem Claeszoon Heda|
|Blackberry Pie (detail), the type of realism|
Dutch still-life painters gloried in producing.
With the death of Willem Heda and those like him, still-life painting declined in popularity for some time until the French painter, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, brought new life to the still-life genre a hundred years later. Again in the 19th-century, as subject matter veered away from foodstuffs toward the other accouterments of daily life, still-life painting once more began to hang on the walls of the well-to-do. With this renewal of interest, came a similar renewal of interest in the work of those from the past who had done it so well, the lowly troupe of Dutch painting specialists, like Heda. We can thank them for so faithfully recording, for the benefit of generations to come, how fortunate we are in having omelets, waffles, bacon, corn flakes, and croissants served today on our breakfast tables. Mm...making me hungry.
|Still-life with Lobster, Willem Claeszoon Heda. Lobster for breakfast anyone?|