Canvas, 79x 62 cm,
signed bottom right W. Grasdorp,
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder
With its elegant flowers this bouquet fills almost the entire painting, which is subtly constructed on a Greek cross (X) pattern. The overall structure only becomes obvious when you block out the butterfly, top left: then suddenly the whole composition falls to pieces. This rather loose scheme is matched by the dynamic character of the floral display: the convoluting stems are arranged in such a way that they almost move. This is typical for the Baroque period, with fanciful forms conjuring a sense of grandeur and opulence. The wealth of forms and colours make this still life especially attractive. The dynamic expression of the picture is also reflected in the free and rapid application of the paint. Take for example the large leaves, that are quickly and convincingly painted, avoiding detail on purpose. Yet, the artist is able to give the illusion of accuracy. The butterfly, for example, appears to be finely painted, despite the use of a broad brush. The flowers are painted with a light, deft touch, and shown in the Baroque fashion, in all their splendour at full bloom.