Flowers in an ornamented vase
Abraham Brueghel
Antwerp 1631 – 1690 Napels
W x H
76 x 105cm
Abraham Brueghel was a son of Jan Breughel the Younger. He went to Italy before he turned 18, and remained there for the rest of his life. Although Flemish by birth, he can be counted among the most successful Italian stilllife painters of the second half of the seventeenth century. Initially active in Rome, he moved to Naples in the early 1670s. His main theme was the outdoor still life of fruit, often with some flowers. Pure floral still lifes by Brueghel are much rarer and this is an excellent example. He rarely dated his paintings which makes it difficult to suggest a chronology for them, but this flower painting most probably was painted after his move to Naples. He may well have been inspired by the work of Roman flower painters such as Poalo Popora (1617-1673) and MarioNuzzi ‘dei fiori’ (1603-1673), but Brueghel’s flower paintings such as this one have a great individuality and a quality that equals or even surpasses that of the work of his predecessors. Oil on canvas. We like to thank Mr. Fred Meijer for the identification of this painting after inspection of the original.