Willem Kalf

1619-1693 Dutch Willem Kalf Galleries Willem Kalf was born in Rotterdam, in 1619. He was previously thought to have been born in 1622, but H. E. van Gelder??s important archival research has established the painter??s correct place and date of birth. Kalf was born into a prosperous patrician family in Rotterdam, where his father, a cloth merchant, held municipal posts as well. In the late 1630s, Willem Kalf travelled to Paris and spent time in the circle of the Flemish artists in Saint-Germain-des-Pr??s, Paris. In Paris he painted mainly small-scale rustic interiors and still-lifes. Kalf??s rustic interiors are typically dominated by groups of vegetables, buckets, pots and pans, which he arranged as a still-life in the foreground (e.g. Kitchen Still-life, Dresden, Gemäldegal; Alte Meister). Figures usually appeared only in the blurred obscurity of the background. Though painted in Paris, those pictures belong to a pictorial tradition practised primarily in Flanders in the early 17th century, by such artists as David Teniers the Younger. The only indication of the French origin of the paintings are a few objects that Flemish exponents of the same genre would not have pictured in their works. Kalf??s rustic interiors had a large influence on French art in the circle of the Le Nain brothers. The semi-monochrome still-lifes which Kalf created in Paris form a link to the banketjes or 'little banquet pieces' painted by such Dutch artists as Pieter Claesz, Willem Claeszoon Heda and others in the 1630s. During the 1640s, Kalf further developed the banketje into a novel form of sumptuous and ornate still-life (known as pronkstilleven), depicting rich groupings of gold and silver vessels. Like other still-lifes of this period, these paintings were usually expressing vanitas allegories.

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Willem Kalf Still Life with Chafing Dish, Pewter, Gold, Silver and Glassware oil painting


Still Life with Chafing Dish, Pewter, Gold, Silver and Glassware
Painting ID::  2104
Artist: Willem Kalf
Painting: Still Life with Chafing Dish, Pewter, Gold, Silver and Glassware
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Willem Kalf Still Life with Lobster, Drinking Horn and Glasses oil painting


Still Life with Lobster, Drinking Horn and Glasses
Painting ID::  2105
Artist: Willem Kalf
Painting: Still Life with Lobster, Drinking Horn and Glasses
Introduction: c1653 National Gallery, London
   
   
     

Willem Kalf Still Life with Lemon, Oranges and a Glass of Wine oil painting


Still Life with Lemon, Oranges and a Glass of Wine
Painting ID::  2106
Artist: Willem Kalf
Painting: Still Life with Lemon, Oranges and a Glass of Wine
Introduction: 1663-1664 Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe
   
   
     

Willem Kalf Still Life with Nautilus Goblet oil painting


Still Life with Nautilus Goblet
Painting ID::  2107
Artist: Willem Kalf
Painting: Still Life with Nautilus Goblet
Introduction: 1660 Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Lugano
   
   
     

Willem Kalf Dessert oil painting


Dessert
Painting ID::  2108
Artist: Willem Kalf
Painting: Dessert
Introduction: 1649 The Hermitage, St.Petersburg
   
   
     

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     1619-1693 Dutch Willem Kalf Galleries Willem Kalf was born in Rotterdam, in 1619. He was previously thought to have been born in 1622, but H. E. van Gelder??s important archival research has established the painter??s correct place and date of birth. Kalf was born into a prosperous patrician family in Rotterdam, where his father, a cloth merchant, held municipal posts as well. In the late 1630s, Willem Kalf travelled to Paris and spent time in the circle of the Flemish artists in Saint-Germain-des-Pr??s, Paris. In Paris he painted mainly small-scale rustic interiors and still-lifes. Kalf??s rustic interiors are typically dominated by groups of vegetables, buckets, pots and pans, which he arranged as a still-life in the foreground (e.g. Kitchen Still-life, Dresden, Gemäldegal; Alte Meister). Figures usually appeared only in the blurred obscurity of the background. Though painted in Paris, those pictures belong to a pictorial tradition practised primarily in Flanders in the early 17th century, by such artists as David Teniers the Younger. The only indication of the French origin of the paintings are a few objects that Flemish exponents of the same genre would not have pictured in their works. Kalf??s rustic interiors had a large influence on French art in the circle of the Le Nain brothers. The semi-monochrome still-lifes which Kalf created in Paris form a link to the banketjes or 'little banquet pieces' painted by such Dutch artists as Pieter Claesz, Willem Claeszoon Heda and others in the 1630s. During the 1640s, Kalf further developed the banketje into a novel form of sumptuous and ornate still-life (known as pronkstilleven), depicting rich groupings of gold and silver vessels. Like other still-lifes of this period, these paintings were usually expressing vanitas allegories.