National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst
June 24–October 14, 2012

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Works by
Willem van Aelst
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Biography of
Willem van Aelst

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Dutch Still Lifes and Landscapes of the 1600s

Image: Willem van Aelst, Still Life with Fruit, Nuts, Butterflies, and Other Insects on a Ledge, c. 1677, oil on canvas, Candy and Greg FazakerleyFew artists were more skilled than Willem van Aelst (1627–1683) at depicting luscious fruits, luxurious fabrics, and spoils of the hunt. His renowned still lifes are remarkable for their fine finish, carefully balanced composition, jewel-toned palette, and elegant subject matter. Bringing together 28 of these sumptuous paintings and his only known drawing, this exhibition—the first devoted solely to this artist—celebrates the most technically brilliant Dutch still-life painter of his time. It is also accompanied by the first comprehensive publication on his work.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Schedule: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 11–May 28, 2012; National Gallery of Art, Washington, June 24–October 14, 2012