1644 Den Hague - 1721 London
Oil on Canvas, 85 x 67 cm
Signed: S. Verelst f
Simon Pietersz Verelst was a dutch painter, born into a family of painters. He was the son of Pieter Harmensz Verelst and brother to Herman Verelst, with whom he became a pupil of the Confrerie Pictura in 1663.
Verelst moved to London in 1668 and was best known for his portraits and his flower and fruit still life paintings. He used to call himself "The God of Flowers".
Our paining is a typical Flower still life by Simon Pietersz Verelst. A wild bunch of flowers in a glase vase ist posed on a table. The very dark and almost black backround is the ideal stage to present these bunch of wild flowers, contasted with lively butterflies. Verelst uses a very direct and cold light to enlight the center of the flower arrangement. This use of light against dark structures the still life in its volume and enhances the Vanitas idea.
Private collection, Switzerland