Still Life Paper Assignment
In A Roemer with Grapes, a Pewter Plate and a Roll, van Beyeren
depicts a pewter with some grapes on it on a table with a glass of what I see as
wine, and off to the side there is a roll with some sort of topping. My first
thought was that this was a snack/meal for someone of the upper or upper-
middle class. The caption said, however, that this was a painting of an
everyday scene. I can only derive two things: 1) van Beyeren was upper or
upper-middle class 2) people lived in the Netherlands and every body drank
wine and ate 'rich' food.
The arrangement of the items is somewhat casual as if the consumer
had to answer the door or some other relatively urgent occurrance. I'm not the
best art anyalist, but it seems that van Beyeren doesn't do much for spacing.
It looks as if all the items are about to fall off the table. The table has 'big'
features (i.e.: large legs, thick wood panels, etc.), however, the table has a
rather shallow appearence. This gives the whole painting shallow space.
It seems as if van Beyeren painted A Roemer with Grapes... quickly. He
used good lighting, shading, etc., but the evident brushsrokes adds a 'quick'
effect. It looks like he painted it as fast as the person eating placed his food
down to attend to something else.
Van Beyeren uses dark, earth-tone-style colors (which I believe adds
more to the upper-class feel). There are really no bright or highly contrasting
Van Beyeren uses thick paint and heavy brushtrokes to characterize this
painting. Even though this painting has heavy brushtrokes, it still has an
evident, 'finished' quality. The work looks complete, and seems to have
realistic look to...