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Still Life of Flowers in a Glass Vase

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Still Life of Flowers in a Glass Vase

17th century
17th century
92.1 cm x 74.9 cm (36 1/4 in. x 29 1/2 in.)

Bartolomé Pérez (Madrid, Spain, 1634 - 1693, Madrid, Spain) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: Europe, Spanish
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Bequest of Jack G. Taylor, 1991
Accession Number: 1991.106

Flower painting in Europe has been closely associated with the "vanitas" theme because of the ephemeral nature and the beauty of its subject matter. Delicate flowers in full bloom, droplets of dew that will disappear with sunrise, and bowed stems soon to wilt symbolize the brevity of human life. In this painting, the glass vase adds to the sense of fragility. Bartolomé Pérez was one of the most celebrated flower painters in Spain in his time. Notice how his use of bold colors and brushstrokes enliven every petal and stem of the flowers.

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