A Museum Quality Print of Vanitas Still Life by Jan van Kessel. The artist painted this oil on copper sometime between 1665 and 1670. Almost all artists in the Netherlands includes a vanitas in their repertoire. The vanitas is the lamentation of the transience of all things. Jan van Kessel utilizes the skull and the bubbles to symbolize this idea. The bubbles float delicately, with one still hanging onto the end of the straw used to blow them. The creator of the bubbles is not seen though, giving us the impression that he has left. The bubbles in time will pop and their beauty will end. The skull, placed in the center of this piece lets the viewer know the idea behind this piece. Flowers are placed around the skull, giving a nice contrast between life and death. Once again we see insects utilized to show decay. The plants are beginning to wilt, and the bugs are eating away at them. The hourglass shows time slipping away, and shows us that Kessel has only caught a moment in time which will soon fade.
At Fine Art Prints of Distinction we painstakingly repair the original files of these old paintings and print them using premium quality inks and paper. The end result is a beautiful, archival reproduction print that will last in your home for generations and at a low cost so anyone can now have great artworks in their home or business. Brandywine General Store is proud to offer for sale a premium print of the painting entitled Vanitas Still Life by Jan van Kessel.
Inventory #19 - Still Life Fine Art Prints