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Willem Heda (Claesz.)







 

Willem Heda (Claesz.)

(b Haarlem, 1594; d Haarlem, 1680).

Dutch painter. He was a still-life painter, who, like Pieter Claesz., is noted for his monochrome breakfast-pieces, which are, however, more opulent than those of Claesz. Heda’s earliest dated work is a Vanitas (1621; The Hague, Mus. Bredius), which shows a still-life from a high viewpoint, composed of various objects bearing vanitas associations (e.g. a bowl of glowing embers, smoker’s requisites, an overturned glass and a skull); the colouring is in brownish-grey tones and represents one of the earliest examples of a Dutch monochrome still-life (‘monochrome’ refers to the range of tones, rather than of colours). Even in this early work Heda’s skill at painting textures is evident. A more balanced composition is achieved in another Still-life (1629; The Hague, Mauritshuis) and in the Breakfast Table (1631; Dresden, Gemaldegal. Alte Meister), in both of which the objects, set against a neutral background, are linked by a strong diagonal. The Mauritshuis still-life also gives an early indication of Heda’s interest in painting the effects of light. In 1631 he became a member of the Haarlem Guild of St Luke (of which he served as deacon on several occasions after 1637).


 


Still-Life

1651
Oil on wood, 99 x 83 cm
Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz

 


Still-life

1637
Oil on wood, 52 x 74,2 cm
Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp


 

Still-Life

1632
Oil on oak panel, 59 x 76 cm
Private collection


 

Still-life

c. 1636
Oil on panel, 58,5 x 79 cm
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem


 

Still-Life with Pie, Silver Ewer and Crab

1658
Oil on canvas, 103 x 123 cm
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem


 

Still-Life

1632
Oil on canvas, 44 x 51,5 cm
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne


 

Still-life

1657
Oil on canvas, 52 x 74 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid
 
 

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