European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Still Life with Fish
Abraham van Beyeren, Dutch (active The Hague, Leiden, Delft, and Alkmaar), 1620/21 - 1690
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
Cat. 639John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelAbraham 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.