Still Life with Autumn Fruits

ca. 1670

Oil on oakwood
Inv. No. 121

34.9 × 44.8 cm

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Mignon’s fruit pieces reflect the paintings of Jan Davidsz. de Heem, with whom he worked for a time. On the corner of the marble table, around a Venetian covered goblet and a wine glass, he assembles squashes, grapes, plums, peaches and sections of orange on a pewter plate, a chestnut, cranberries and blackberries. Grape leaves form the backdrop before the black background. The elegant curves of the peach branch, the ears of grain and the blackberry vine – typical features of Mignon’s still lifes – border the painting to the right in the manner of a Baroque cartouche. Mignon’s style was adopted by his pupil Maria Sybilla Merian, who executed illustrations of nature for scientific purposes.

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