Jan Davids de Heem

Jan Davids de Heem

Jan Davids de Heem (Dutch Jan Davidsz. De Heem; April 1606, Utrecht - 1683/1684, Antwerp) is a Dutch painter and son of the artist David de Haem. Probably a student of Balthazar van der Asta.

A native of Utrecht, the artist worked in Leiden for some time. In 1635 he joined the Artists Guild in Antwerp and the following year became a citizen of Antwerp. Around 1667 he returned to Utrecht, and in 1672 escaped to Antwerp by the French who seized the city.

De Hem is widely acclaimed for its magnificent images of flowers and fruits. It combines the detail of the image to the smallest detail with a brilliant choice of colors and refined taste in the composition. He paints flowers in bouquets and vases, in which butterflies and insects often flutter, colorful garlands in niches, windows and images of gray-colored Madonna, garlands of fruits, still lifes with glasses full of wine, grapes and other fruits and products. Ham cleverly exploits the possibilities of color, he has achieved a high degree of transparency, his images of inanimate nature are completely realistic. His brush canvases are in almost every major art gallery