Fruit Piece

Object Details

Title:

Fruit Piece

Artist/Maker(s):

Jan van Huysum (Dutch, 1682 - 1749)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1722

Medium:

Oil on panel

Dimensions:

80 x 61 cm (31 1/2 x 24 in.)

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In what may be a companion piece to the Vase of Flowers, Jan van Huysum combined the lustrous realism of seventeenth-century Dutch paintings with the bright colors characteristic of the eighteenth century in a lavish still life of fruit and flowers. The asymmetrical arrangement of bursting and overripe fruit spills over onto the ledge, some falling prey to insects. Flowers droop under the weight of their extravagant blooms. Van Huysum deftly rendered the translucence of the grapes, the crisp surfaces of the leaves, and the wiry texture of the vines.

The highly finished surfaces of Van Huysum's paintings were the result of a laborious application of glazes to the canvas. He jealously guarded the details of this technique, allowing no visitors in his studio.

Provenance
- 1807

Pieter van Winter, 1745 - 1807 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), by inheritance to his daughter, Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter, 1807.

1807 - 1815

Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter, 1793 - 1877 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), upon her marriage, collection combined with that of her husband, Willem van Loon, 1815.

1815 - 1847

Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter, 1793 - 1877 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

1815 - 1847

and Willem van Loon, 1794 - 1847 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), retained by Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter upon his death, 1847.

1847 - 1877

Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter, 1793 - 1877 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), by inheritance to her nine children, 1877.

1877

Heirs of Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter, 1793 - 1877 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), sold to a consortium of (Mayer) Alphonse de Rothschild, Gustave (Samuel James) de Rothschild, Edmond James de Rothschild, Ferdinand (James Anselm) de Rothschild, and Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1877.

1877

Baron (Mayer) Alphonse de Rothschild, 1827 - 1905

1877

and Baron Gustave (Samuel James) Salomon de Rothschild, 1829 - 1911 (Paris, France)

1877

and Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, Austrian, 1845 - 1934

1877

and Baron Ferdinand (James Anselm) de Rothschild, 1839 - 1898

1877

and Baron Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1808 - 1879, distributed, possibly by lottery, to Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1877.

1877 - by 1879

Baron Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1808 - 1879, probably by gift to his son, Alfred (Charles) de Rothschild, by 1879.

by 1879 - 1918

Alfred (Charles) de Rothschild, 1842 - 1918 (Halton, Hertfordshire, England), by inheritance to his nephew, Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1918.

1918 - 1942

Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1882 - 1942 (Gunnersbury Park, Middlesex, England), by inheritance to his eldest son, Edmund (Leopold) de Rothschild, 1942.

1942 - 1982

Edmund (Leopold) de Rothschild, English, 1916 - 2009 (Exbury House, Hampshire, England), sold through Patricia Wengraf Ltd. (London, England) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1982.

Exhibitions
Dutch Pictures 1450 - 1750 (1952 to 1953) (566 and 568; lent by Edmund Rothschild)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1952 to 1953
Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen (November 13, 2001 to February 3, 2002) (52)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 3, 2002
Picturing the Natural World (June 17 to September 7, 2003) (52)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 17 to September 7, 2003