Karel Van Vogelaer

Still Life with Flowers

Karel Van Vogelaer
( Maastricht, 1653 - Rome, 1695 )

Oil on canvas 64.5x46 cm Expertise: Prof. Mina Gregori

From Light to Enlightenment, Exhibition in the Shanghai Art Museum, China, 12 -17 November 2005.

From Light to Enlightenment, Exhibition catalogue, Shanghai Art Museum, 2005, N 30, pp. 114-116, 150.

Probably already in Rome in 1671 and certainly by 1674, Carlo dei Fiori is the author of this intense still life in a vase, originating from the Roman examples of Mario dei Fiori, he develops in the baroque manner a sense of contrasting play of light which contributes to liven up the flowers, evidently arranged by a nervous but knowing hand.

The varieties of flowers depicted, which stand out and characterize the bouquet are found in other compositions undoubtedly by Carlo dei Fiori.

The measurements of this canvas, not yet approaching the full Baroque, recommend placing this still life in the establishing phase of the artist career in Rome, we find a correlation in a group of works which have very similar measurements and demarcate a progression of the artist combining a situation between Mario dei Fiori and the Neapolitan active in Rome, Paolo Porpora, identified as the model for Vogelaer triumphal still lives represented in subsequent paintings of much larger dimensions.