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CIRCLE OF GEORG FLEGEL | STILL LIFE OF A ROLL, GLASS VASE OF CARNATIONS, AN ORANGE, WALNUTS, AND A BOWL OF ALMONDS WITH GOLDFINCHES

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February 5, 05:34 PM GMT

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PROPERTY SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITION FUND OF THE SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART

CIRCLE OF GEORG FLEGEL

STILL LIFE OF A ROLL, GLASS VASE OF CARNATIONS, AN ORANGE, WALNUTS, AND A BOWL OF ALMONDS WITH GOLDFINCHES


oil on panel

panel: 11½ by 8⅛ in.; 29.2 by 20.6 cm.

framed: 14¼ by 11¼ in.; 36.2 by 28.6 cm.

Though once ascribed to the Dutch artist Balthasar van der Ast by W.R. Valentiner, this small and charming still-life was likely painted by a highly skilled artist close to the circle of the Moravian born painter, Georg Flegel. A student of Lucas van Valckenborch, Flegel was active in Vienna as well as Frankfurt, where he came into contact with other still-life painters such as Pieter Binoit and Daniel Soreau. Flegel defined himself within this community of still-life artists through his simple, refined, and unadorned still-lifes of food and desserts, characterized by a precise attention to detail and a clear interest in capturing the nuances of texture and light, as well as his delicate watercolors.  


Two small and vivid goldfinches, one placed on the rim of a porcelain plate and the other balancing precariously on a piece of fruit, enliven this restrained still life set upon a simple stone ledge and against a stark background. With their beaks nearly touching, the two form a strong diagonal that provides a pleasing balance to the circular forms of the glass vase, the round and shallow plate, and the various fruit that fill the remainder of the scene. Comparable works by Flegel can be found in the National Gallery of Prague(1)as well as in a private collection.(2)


1. Inv. no. O1275, oil on panel, 22 by 18 cm. See Wettengl, in Literature, p. 138, cat. no. 48, reproduced.

2. Oil on panel, 31.4 by 24.9 cm.  Ibid., p. 136, cat. no. 47, reproduced p. 137.