Silver Wine Jug, Ham, and Fruit

c. 1660–66
(Dutch, 1620/21–1690)
Framed: 124.5 x 108 x 8.5 cm (49 x 42 1/2 x 3 3/8 in.); Unframed: 99.7 x 82.6 cm (39 1/4 x 32 1/2 in.)
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Look closely: the shimmering surface of the silver wine jug reflects a portrait of the artist at his easel.

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With their typically large scale, and loose and energetic brushwork, Abraham van Beyeren’s opulent still life paintings were designed to be seen from a slight distance—perhaps installed over a mantelpiece. Here, for example, the silver wine jug is painted with rough strokes that seem almost abstract when viewed up close, but from a distance it becomes a fully realized object shimmering with complex reflections—including a ghostly self-portrait of the artist at his easel.
Silver Wine Jug, Ham, and Fruit

Silver Wine Jug, Ham, and Fruit

c. 1660–66

Abraham van Beyeren

(Dutch, 1620/21–1690)
Netherlands

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