Still Life with Tulips, Chrysanthemums, Narcissi, Roses, Irises and other Flowers in a Glass Vase
On loan from a private collection, Hong Kong, © Private collection, Hong Kong

Jan Brueghel was one of the most celebrated flower painters of his age. From 1605 onwards, his floral still lifes brought new complexity and depth to the emerging genre: his first painting of this type included 72 varieties of spring and summer flowers. This composition, while not quite so extravagant, is typically bright and dense. Here, the strict symmetry of the artist’s earlier works makes way for a more realistic arrangement. With his meticulous and very precise style Brueghel then creates a richly variegated bouquet with subtle gradations of colour. The glass vase adds another tour de force element, showcasing Brueghel’s ability to paint transparent as well as opaque surfaces.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1568 - 1625
Full title
Still Life with Tulips, Chrysanthemums, Narcissi, Roses, Irises and other Flowers in a Glass Vase
Date made
1608-1610
Medium and support
Oil on copper
Dimensions
35 × 25.2 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection, Hong Kong
Inventory number
L1193
Location in Gallery