This small and exquisite painting, executed on copper, captures the very best qualities of Jacob van Hulsdonck's work. Set atop a plain wooden table, a beautifully articulated Wan-Li bowl is filled with wild strawberries and adorned by a single carnation, dramatically silhouetted against a dark background. This unexpected element adds tension to the visually simple yet luscious composition. The cherries, red and white currants, and random water droplets arrayed on the table form a pattern of circles that echo the round forms of the strawberries and the bowl.
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Jacob van Hulsdonck, "Wild Strawberries and a Carnation in a Wan-Li Bowl," c. 1620, oil on copper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund, 2013.1.1