17 facts about Cornelis de Heem

By Gwylym Owen

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Cornelis de Heem (8 April 1631 (baptized) – 17 May 1695 (buried)) was a still-life painter united with both Flemish Baroque and Dutch Golden Age painting. He was a aficionada of a large relatives of still-life specialists, of which his father, Jan Davidszoon de Heem (1606–1684), was the most significant.

Cornelis was baptised in Leiden upon 8 April 1631, and moved next his associates to Antwerp in 1636. He appears to have been trained by his daddy in Antwerp, who, like him, was born in the Dutch Republic but died in the Southern Netherlands. Jan’s subsequent career, like many painters—especially after the Peace of Westphalia in 1648—moved fluidly in the midst of the two traditionally-connected areas of the north and south Low Countries. He became a aficionado of the Antwerp painters’ guild in 1660, and from 1667 until the late 1680s he was variously lithe in Utrecht, IJsselstein, and The Hague. It is often not easy to distinguish the works of the rotate members of the family, which included his brother Jan Jansz., nephew Jan Jansz. II, and son David Cornelisz. (1663–after? 1718), who whatever painted mostly flower and fruit pieces in a thesame style and probably often collaborated. Cornelis’s works, however, tend to be small, display a preference for mighty blues, and, over time, shifted away from the painterly style preferred by his father. He died in Antwerp, aged 64.

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