The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Flowers on a Fountain with a Peacock
  • Jan Weenix (1642 - 1719)
  • Flowers on a Fountain with a Peacock
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1700 - c.1710
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 177 x 165 cm
  • P59
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This picture, the most spectacular of a group of thirteen paintings by Weenix in the Wallace Collection, is a particularly fine and characteristic example of his late decorative style. It demonstrates the artist’s skill in combining a theatrical mise en scène with finely observed detail. It also combines natural and architectural elements, composed in the grand manner, with dramatic lighting to obtain a monumental effect. The picture’s impressive visual power, however, derives principally from the artist’s ability for rendering different textures in paint. Its scale and quality may indicate that it once formed part of a larger commission from a prestigious patron, possibly for a set of Seasons.