Dutch Still Life from the Met


{Still Life with Two Lemons by Pieter Claesz, Dutch, 1596/97–1660}

A few months ago while visiting NYC for a show I made time to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Today while going through some photos from the visit and while thinking about new directions in painting I would like to take I was particularly struck by the beauty and simplicity of this painting by Pieter Claesz.


The reflections of the lemon and knife on the pewter plate are so beautiful while the color palette is restrained and the value contrasts are varied.

{another detail}