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STILL LIFE OF MIXED FLOWERS
ON A MARBLE LEDGE
MARTIMUS VAN SPAEY (SPAY)
1777 – died after 1818 Signed
Oil on canvas 30 x 25 ¾ inches
Framed size 34 ½ x 29 ½ inches
Born in Antwerp and studied at the Academy there.
Martimus specialized in portraits and finely painted still lifes of flowers.
In 1809 he leaves Antwerp to study and work in Paris, probably following in the footsteps of the great Cornelius Spaendonck, a fellow Antwerp artist whose style had a significant influence on Martimus.
Whilst in Paris he is obviously exposed to the work that Van Spaendonck had done for the Sevre Factory and it is likely that the two artists met.
Whilst Van Spaey is found exhibiting in Ghent in 1812 it is known that he was still in Paris in 1814. By this time his work has taken on a decidedly French style in his use of colour and composition as can be seen in this work.
Legend has it that he too went to work for the Sevre Factory but there is no current documentation of this.
Though his flowers show the influence of Van Spaendonck the finish is softer, as is the lighting.
His paintings very rarely appear on the market.
Bibl: P. Berko - Dictionary of Flower Painters
|Height||30.00 inch||(76.20 cm)|
|Width||25.75 inch||(65.40 cm)|
|External Height||34.50 inch||(87.63 cm)|
|External Width||29.50 inch||(74.93 cm)|
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