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Artichokes in the Dutch style

Artichokes in the Dutch style

Today I got the chance to get in to the garden to clean up and make some mulch to help the plants and trees survive another hot summer in seven months time. In the pile of garden refuse I found these two artichokes that bolted before they had chance to be cut. Perfect subjects for a still life…

I have always enjoyed looking at paintings and in particular those still life works of the Dutch Utrecht School of the first half of the seventeenth century and the Dutch flower paintings of the second half. The Names of Heda, Kalf and Jan Van Huysum are not well known to those who have not studied art history but their paintings are. I have seen any number of them printed on greetings cards!

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