Photo © Sina Kelvani

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Mackerel and Spring Flowers

Mackerel and Spring Flowers
by Hester Blankestijn

This still life is part of an ongoing series in the Dutch visual language of the Golden Age. I am fascinated by the classical still life, which appears as a window onto another world full of lush food and flowers. Beside the well-balanced composition there is a slice of life narrative where people just left the room and the birds take their chance and inspect the seasonal banquet, giving the image a just-walked-in quality.

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