A Vase of Flowers

Margareta Haverman Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 617

Although only two of her works are known to survive today, Haverman was celebrated at a young age for her gifts as a flower painter. She studied with the notoriously secretive flower painter Jan van Huysum and later gained admission to the French Royal Academy in Paris. The artist’s skill is on full display in this magnificent arrangement of flowers and fruit, in which she used innovative pigments such as Prussian blue. Over time, the organic yellow lake pigment has faded, resulting in the present blue appearance of the leaves. Haverman’s confident signature appears as though incised in the plinth supporting the bouquet.

#5255. A Vase of Flowers

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A Vase of Flowers, Margareta Haverman (Dutch, Breda 1693–1722 or later), Oil on wood

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