The first personal exhibition of Willem van Alst in Washington Automatic translate
The first personal exhibition dedicated to the Dutch artist Willem van Aelst (1627-1683) will be held from June 24 to October 14 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington (National Gallery of Art, Washington).
Van Alst is known for his bright and talented still lifes, depicting luxurious fruits, fabrics, and also prey on hunting. Elegance and sophistication were the hallmark of Willem van Alst’s style, his work, including 28 paintings, and the only known drawing, are distinguished by a fine finish, carefully balanced composition, a pearl of palette tones and elegant objects.
Willem Van Alst joined the guild of artists in his native Delft in 1643, at the age of 16, and quickly demonstrated his abilities. Then he went to Paris, where he expanded and perfected his skills, working for the capricious and spoiled Parisian market. After that, the artist spent almost 10 years in Florence, where he was loved at the court of the Medici. In 1656, Van Alst returned to the Netherlands, where he continued to write in his style for a growing upper-class stratum. Everywhere he was accompanied by the love and respect of the nobility, for whom he wrote exquisite and sumptuous still-lives and hunting scenes, showing his exceptional talent in working with various materials, whether it be glass, velvet, furs or delicate fruits.
Today the name of the artist is almost forgotten, but in the 17th century he was one of the most famous masters of still life. This exhibition is devoted to its technical capabilities and is accompanied by the first comprehensive publication of his works. Here all stages of the artist’s creative development in chronological and thematic order in the Dutch language will be presented.
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