Still Life with Fish

Abraham van Beyeren, Dutch (active The Hague, Leiden, Delft, and Alkmaar), 1620/21 - 1690

17th century

Oil on canvas

28 1/8 x 36 3/8 inches (71.4 x 92.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 639

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Abraham van Beyeren specialized in still lifes and seascapes, and later took up flower and pronk (sumptuous) still lifes. This simple kitchen table is covered with locally available seafood including herring, crabs, and mussels. Van Beyeren painted in a soft, nearly monochromatic style and sought to balance the fleshy texture of fish with the harder surfaces of copper and earthenware.