This sumptuous pair of flower vases refers to the Flemish painter Gaspar Pieter Verbruggen, who was a son of art and enrolled in the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp from a very young age. His first artistic training took place in his father’s atelier, Gaspar Pieter Verbruggen the Elder. Despite the success of the flower still life genre and his innate creative talents, which made him very popular with Flemish and Dutch patrons, Verbruggen accumulated numerous debts throughout his career and did not travel to the rest of Europe to study from other prominent painters of his generation. Looking at this pair, however, it is easy to see the exceptional talent of the painter, the fresh, light rendering of the composition and the open sky in the background; the minuteness with which the numerous flowers are described suggests a great mastery of the stroke, as well as the use of colour and light, lively but not animated by excessive contrasts. An almost entirely Rococo taste, undoubtedly supported by the painter’s extensive knowledge of floriculture, which he learned at his father’s school at a young age.
Bibl.: D. Oldfield, Later Flemish paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland: the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, National Gallery of Ireland, 1992, p. 56.