Trained by Hoogstraaten in Dordrecht and by Gerard Dou in Leiden, Schalcken became a figure painter, treating still life only occasionally. Apart from this bouquet, only two other still-life paintings by him are known. The details of the flowers are realistically painted in the smooth 'fine manner' of Dou. The 'trompe-l'oeil' frame adds an additional element of illusionism to the effect. The smooth handling suggests a relatively early date, perhaps in the 1670s.
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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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