Flowers in a Vase

The flowers depicted in this lavish still life include hyacinths, morning glories, marigolds, peonies, roses, iris, and tulips. As is often the case, the bouquet has not been painted from life but rather composed in a highly imaginary manner from flowers that were in bloom at different times. The terracotta vase is decorated with reliefs of laurel leaf garlands and a medallion with an antique head in profile.

Van Brussel’s style is closely based on that of his predecessor, Jan van Huysum. Like most of his paintings, including Flowers in a Vase and Fruit and Flowers, this work was painted on a smooth mahogany panel.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1754 - 1795
Full title
Flowers in a Vase
Date made
1789
Medium and support
Oil on mahogany
Dimensions
78.4 x 61.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir Arthur Jackson, 1940
Inventory number
NG5174
Location in Gallery