PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF J.E. SAFRA
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 30 January 1998, lot 84;
Where acquired by the present collector.
This mature period of Arellano’s career is defined as the moment that the more restrained floral arrangements and limited palette of the artist’s earlier output gave way to a greater exuberance and abundance in the design of the still lifes, along with a greater use of primary colours. In the present pair the artist uses a dazzling array of red, blue, yellow and white blooms among verdant green foliage. The sense of illusion that Arellano has achieved is remarkable; the crystal vase flooded with light that illuminates the web of green stems, and the light entering from the left of each composition casts long shadows across the stone plinths and dramatically sets these illuminated arrangements against their plain, dark backgrounds.
That Arellano chose to sign these works with the unusual form ‘Joannes’, indicates that the pair were probably commissioned by a Northern European patron, a notion maintained by the precision with which the flowers are painted here, demonstrating the artist’s admiration for the Dutch and Flemish still life painters, such as Daniel Seghers, whose works could have been seen in Madrid by the middle of the seventeenth century.
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