A Still Life of Fruit, by Simon Verelst (1644-1710).

Oil on canvas, 58cm by 72.5cm.

The artist was born in the Hague, the son of a painter, and one of three brothers, all of whom became artists.

He moved to London in 1668, where he soon became known for his exceptional fruit and still life paintings.

He was also a fine portraitist, painting many of those who moved in court circles at the time.

Sadly, he began to suffer from bouts of insanity and extreme aggression, for which he was sometimes locked up.


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