Simple canvases depicting a laden table done in a limited range of colouring constitute a major part of the body of 17th-century Dutch still lifes. They are known as 'monochrome banketjes' or 'maaltijdstukjes', in English, 'monochrome breakfast pieces'. Again, they illustrate the sober realism of Northern Netherlandish painting in this period. This signed still life by the otherwise unknown 'AE van Rabel' is a little masterpiece in its genre, thanks to the confident brush technique and the harmonious and warm palette. The table bears onions, a fish, a loaf of bread and wine, many of which are easily recognised as having an unequivocally Christian symbolism. They refer to the Last Supper.
SizeH: 59 cm
MediumOil on panel