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Artist: Cornelius Gijsbrechts
[Flemish painter, 1630-1675]

Title: Reverse side of a painting

Date: 1670
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 26 x 34 inches (67 x 87 cm)
Location: Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Image size: 848 x 630 pixels, 88 Kbytes
Image source: Web Gallery of Art
              
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Cornelius Gijsbrechts: Reverse side of a painting

 
 
 
As an amusement, the canvas is painted to resemble the back of a painting, complete with price tag.

Still life painting reached its peak with the Dutch masters of the 17th century. In addition to conventional still lifes, flower paintings, and vanitas allegories, artists working in this genre amused themselves and proved their abilities by painting trompe l'oeil illusions such as this.
 
 
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