Oil on panel: 37,5 x 49,5 cm;
remains of a signature are visible next to the roemer on the table cloth;
datable to 1635-1650.
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Little is known about the life of Hans van Sant. He worked in at Haarlem in circa 1630, possibly as an ‘amateur’ painter, as his name does not occur in the guild records. Works by Hans van Sant have been attributed to Pieter Claesz. and Willem Heda in the past. The influence of these masters is also apparent in the present painting.
The Monochrome Banketje (Dutch for monochrome banquet picture ) is a special type of Dutch still life painting of the 17th century – in particular the meal still life . These paintings were primarily created in the North Holland city of Haarlem . The main representatives are Pieter Claesz and Willem Claesz. Heda .
The Monochrome Banketjes do not show sumptuous tables, but primarily modest meals. A key feature of these paintings is that they are reduced to one basic tonecolor . Certain objects in these momentary representations are interpreted as symbols of transience ( vanitas ).
RKD, The Hague, Dr. Fred Meijer helped in attributing the painter upon inspection.
He compares it with RKD no 10758 a still life