Flowers in a White Stone Vase

For this bouquet, de Bray has selected only flowers that bloom in the same season, at the beginning of summer. Thus the artist’s goal was to paint a natural bouquet and not an imaginary one.

The stark beauty of this bouquet is a far cry from more typical, densely crowded compositions. De Bray masterfully balanced the height of the columbines and peony with the trailing morning glories. The palette is boldly limited, the red and white petals contrasting dramatically with the dark, impenetrable background. These colour accents are skillfully arranged, as for example the ladybird tiptoeing along the marble which provides an intelligent red counterpoint amidst the blue notes. This painting has a quiet, mystical quality conveyed by details like the bumblebee, quietly hiding behind the pot.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1635 - 1694
Full title
Flowers in a White Stone Vase
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
62 × 44 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
Location in Gallery