flemish realism

In the style of Flemish Realism

This photograph of a flower still life is stylized in the tones and arrangement used in Flemish Realism paintings.  Flemish refers to the Dutch and North Belgian region of Europe and the art movement Flemish Realism spanned across the 17th century, depicting domestic scenes as well as the materialistic still lifes seen in everyday life.  Floral paintings were common in this era, usually painted before a dark background and illuminated by a bold focal light source.

Frame styles of this era and region tend to be in black or dark shades with a repeating pattern of simple and almost a skeletal resemblance.  We honored the traditions of Flemish art and framing by presenting this photograph as if it were a painting.  This black Dutch style frame has been dusted with mat grey to accentuate the pattern of the frame, while giving it and aged look.  The charcoal linen fillet separates the photo from the dark frame, adding a tone that prevents the photo to be overwhelmed by the black of the frame.  These linen wrapped, wood fillets were commonly used when framing paintings of the Flemish region.  Both the fillet and the photo lie beneath non-glare museum glass to further the illusion that the piece could be a painting.  This homage to the style of painting accomplished within a photograph shows how styles of art remain inspiring and respected centuries after the era from which they came.