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Wybrand Hendriks, Fruit, Flowers and Dead Birds

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Full title Fruit, Flowers and Dead Birds
Artist Wybrand Hendriks
Artist dates 1744 - 1831
Date made about 1780
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 67.7 × 54.6 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number NG1015
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Fruit, Flowers and Dead Birds
Wybrand Hendriks

Wybrand Hendriks has piled up his bouquet of fruit and flowers against a soft, green background of woodland trees, till it tips sideways and tumbles down the canvas on a steep diagonal, ending in the forms of the two dead birds. They are snipe, game birds to be eaten. An exotic pineapple sits at the top of the arrangement, its weight appearing to have caused the mini avalanche. It’s a multisensory painting and evokes the taste, touch and smell as much as the sight of so much abundance.

Hendriks was an exceptionally versatile artist, producing portraits, landscapes, genre scenes and still-life paintings. He had trained in a workshop that supplied decorative wall paintings for the elegant homes of wealthy art lovers. He was for several years curator of the art collection at the Teylers Stichting, Haarlem (now Teylers Museum).

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