Thomas Keyse

British (1729–1800)

Bouquet of Flowers in a Glass Vase

Oil on canvas

Museum purchase with funds donated by The Stuart Society


A still-life artist who specialized in fruit and flower pieces, Keyse showed with the Free Society of Artists at the Royal Academy. Since earliest times, cut flowers have been included in art works to suggest the transience of earthly life. The Dutch school of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries popularized still life and flower paintings in particular. Continuing in this tradition, Keyse shows a lively appreciation of the English flower garden in full bloom. His carefully balanced composition highlights lavish blossoms and delicate buds to delight the eye.

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