Willem Claesz. Heda Breakfast with a Lobster
Willem Claesz Heda's 1637 Breakfast with a Lobster is a refined and mysterious still-life that emerged from the mid-seventeenth century Dutch Haarlem school of painting. A recurring theme at the time, Heda's vision of a table laid for breakfast with imported and luxurious items is a stunning study of light, tone, and texture. Little is known about the life of Heda,who lived his entire life in Haarlem during the golden age of Dutch painting. At the beginning of his career, Heda made some figurative studies, but went on to entirely dedicate his career to painting of still lifes. Heda was considered the master of material expression and of the reflection of light on smooth and shiny material, such as tin, glass or brass. He often used the same objects in his paintings, which are also referred to as 'banquet pieces' or 'breakfasts', and achieved a unity across his canvases through the frequent use of composition in the form of a triangle. Using very little colour in his work, Heda's canvases often appear almost monochrome, as can be seen in any of his seventy known works which are housed in prestigious museums such as tthe Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, and the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, where Breakfast with a Lobster can be found.
What is paramount in Heda's work is the purity of the descriptive line and the treatment of color palettes, which appear varied but almost always monochromatic in their infinite rendering of light and shadow. With a surprising sense of realism, Breakfast with a Lobster is remarkable through the artist's excellent rendering of reflections. Common through Heda's still-lifes is a rare talent for the reproduction of objects, some of which can be found in several of his paintings, such as a number of silver vessels or expensive pieces of Venetian glass. The placement of fine tableware often heightens the contrasts between pink slices of meat or fish, or the dark ripe fruits set against a light background. With his works executed mostly on wood panels with oil, Heda rarely used canvas, allowing his works a tactile depth achieved through a limited palette. After 1640 Heda's compositions widened, became richer and more decorative. Breakfast with a Lobster can be seen as a precursor to this period of lush yet restrained and muted luxury.
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