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As our work shows, van Kessel painted mainly in the style of his predecessors, particularly Jan Brueghel the Elder. His early flower pieces are characterized by a dark grey, almost black background, against which bright, exotic and cultivated flowers are painted with well-defined contours. His compositions are symmetrical and have a monumental feel, qualities that reveal the influence of his contemporary Daniel Seghers (1590-1661). It was also common for van Kessel to paint a garland or wreath of flowers surrounding figures demonstrating further influences from Seghers, (see Garland with the Infant Christ and St John the Baptist, Prado, Madrid). The Colnaghi picture is composed of a circular garland of flowers – tulips, white and pink roses, blue columbine, iris, cherry blossom, ivy, forget-me-not and peonies – with small insects and butterflies, painted on a sculptured stone cartouche. (For a comparable work see F. G Meier, Dutch and Flemish Still Life Paintings, 2003, colour pl. 54). A common characteristic of van Kessel’s style was to edge his rose petals with a firm white line where the light catches, demonstrating his exquisite attention to detail.
|Height||64.40 cm||(25.35 inches)|
|Width||48.30 cm||(19.02 inches)|