Abraham Mignon (sometimes Minjon) was a German/Dutch floral and still life painter active in the Dutch “Golden Age” (17th century).
His paintings are often elaborate tableaux of flowers, fruits, seafood and dinnerware. They can be marvels of intricate detail, with the inclusion of beautifully painted insects, snails, frogs and salamanders, arranged in a way to provide the viewer with the fascination of finding them in addition to marveling at the finessed rendering of the primary objects.
Like other still life and floral painters of the time, He also usually introduced deliberate flaws into the depiction of the otherwise beautiful fruits and flowers, a kind of memento mori — a reminder that time and life are fleeting.
Though the choice of subject matter and composition of his paintings is in keeping with his contemporaries, the way Mignon handles the color and texture of individual objects often has a remarkably contemporary feeling.
There is an article on the site of the Statens Museum for Kunst that describes the process of restoring some of this paintings, and what the process revealed about his technique.
The Rijksmuseum has six of his works online in zoomable high-resolution (downloadable if you sign up for a free Rijksstudio account). There are also two high-res images on the site of the National Gallery, DC. There are more on Google Art Project and other sites listed below.
National Gallery, DC
Google Art Project (zoomable)
Web Gallery of Art
Memory of the Netherlands
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Statens Museum for Kunst
Artcyclopedia (additional links and resources)
Eye Candy for Today: Abraham Mignon still life
4 Replies to “Abraham Mignon”
Fruits, flowers and not to forget the gold pocket watch
delicately displayed on a string of blue silk on a green velvet table cloth. Wow! Awesome, thank you Charley.
His painting with the tabby cat was at that time ‘sensational’.
Mignon had been fostered by Jacob Murel, painter, art-dealer (buyer) from age 7 to 24 when he learned to paint.
Jacob Murel’s many aliases: Jakob Marell; Jakob Marrel; Jakob (d. J.) Marrel; Jacob Marrell; Jacob Marrellus; Jakob Marrellus; Jakob Marsell; Jacob Marzell; Jakob Marzell; Jacob Moral; Jacob Moreel; Jacob Morrel; Jakob Morrel; Jacob Morsel (1613 – 1681)
Was also Painter; Flower painter; Still life painter; Etcher; copperplate engraver
RKD = Netherlands Institute for Art History
These are ‘Filet Mignons’ of still life! The Dutch. I never tire of looking at them. They are so packed with all sorts of little discoveries. I’m sure if I stood in front of an original it would be hard to break away from it. I love the reflection of the window on the vessel tucked back in shadow.
So great. I wish it were here in SoCal. Sunday is a free museum day here in SoCal. I will seek out the next closest to this.
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