The Dutch loved the color and beauty of flowers, particularly tulips. Floral still lifes became popular in the early 17th-century, in part because they depicted the exquisite, imported blooms collected by wealthy citizens who wished to admire their colors and rhythmic forms throughout the year.
Why might this depiction of a vase of flowers be a #Vanitas painting?
Ambrosius Bosschaert’s bouquets capture the fragile beauty of flowers and the sense of hope and joy they represent. Cut flowers do not survive long, so any depiction of a vase of blossoms alludes to the brevity of earthly existence as well. #ArtAtoZ
Ambrosius Bosschaert, “Bouquet of Flowers in a Glass Vase,” 1621, oil on copper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1996.35.1