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Flowers In a Vase

still life by Abraham Mignon

Beautiful peach, orange and white flowers are arranged in a golden vase in this floral still life painting from the Dutch Golden Age of Painting.

Abraham Mignon (1640-1679) is the well-known Dutch painter who created this beautiful work. Look closely and you’ll see butterflies and a number of other insects visiting the flowers. Look closer still and you might notice the little squirrel who has jumped up on the table and the vase tilting to the left and perhaps getting ready to fall off the table.

How clever of Mignon to leave us in suspense as to whether or not the vase will fall. A white rose, a typical hallmark of a Mignon painting, is displayed centrally among the numerous flowers in this wonderful painting from early in his career.


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