Private collection, UK
Jan van der Waarden spent his entire life based in Haarlem, where he cultivated his own style of nineteenth century Dutch still life painting. Although van der Waarden was known primarily for still lifes, he also developed a penchant for landscapes, which were often incorporated into his still life images. He had several exhibitions throughout the Netherlands including three in Rotterdam in 1832, 1836, and 1870, and two in the Hague in 1833 and 1839. There are presently two still life examples by van der Waarden in the Frans Halsmuseum in Haarlem.
The present composition features a cheerful bouquet of large blossoms. Narcissae, two tulips, blue pansies, white and red lilies, and a blue poppy, all of similar size, burst forth from the canvas in a myriad of colors. The base of a red fluted vase is almost obscured by the vivacious flowers. Soft light falls over the delicately painted blooms and onto the edge of the wooden table upon which they stand. While the setting of wooden tabletop and flat background is simple and quiet, the bouquet is presented with a vibrant liveliness symbolic of the summer season.