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Willem Heda (Claesz.)


Willem Heda (Claesz.)

(b Haarlem, 1594; d Haarlem, 1680).

Dutch painter. He was a still-life painter, who, like Pieter Claesz., is noted for his monochrome breakfast-pieces, which are, however, more opulent than those of Claesz. Heda’s earliest dated work is a Vanitas (1621; The Hague, Mus. Bredius), which shows a still-life from a high viewpoint, composed of various objects bearing vanitas associations (e.g. a bowl of glowing embers, smoker’s requisites, an overturned glass and a skull); the colouring is in brownish-grey tones and represents one of the earliest examples of a Dutch monochrome still-life (‘monochrome’ refers to the range of tones, rather than of colours). Even in this early work Heda’s skill at painting textures is evident. A more balanced composition is achieved in another Still-life (1629; The Hague, Mauritshuis) and in the Breakfast Table (1631; Dresden, Gemaldegal. Alte Meister), in both of which the objects, set against a neutral background, are linked by a strong diagonal. The Mauritshuis still-life also gives an early indication of Heda’s interest in painting the effects of light. In 1631 he became a member of the Haarlem Guild of St Luke (of which he served as deacon on several occasions after 1637).


Ham and Silverware

Oil on wood, 97 x 80,5 cm
Pushkin Museum, Moscow


Still-Life with Olives

Oil on panel, 58,5 x 83,4 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent


Breakfast Still-Life

Oil on wood, 44 x 56 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


Breakfast Table with Blackberry Pie

Oil on wood, 54 x 82 cm
Gemaldegalerie, Dresden


Breakfast of Crab

Oil on canvas, 118 x 118 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg


Still-life with Gilt Goblet

Oil on wood
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam



Oil on panel, 59,8 x 79,4 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent


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