Gerard van Spaendonck Still Life Given to the Frick

Van Spaendonck, ‘Grapes with Insects on a Marble Top,’ c. 1793, oil on marble. (Michael Bodycomb/Frick Collection)

The Frick Collection has acquired a still life by Dutch painter Gerard van Spaendonck (1746–1822). The circa 1793 work is titled Grapes with Insects on a Marble Top and is painted on marble. As the museum noted in a news release, its holdings are filled with impressive portraits and landscapes, making the piece something of an unusual—and welcome!—addition to the collection. It was given by collector Asbjorn R. Lunde.

Van Spaendonck held a number of impressive official and academic posts during his long career as one of France’s leading still life painters, including serving as miniature painter to Louis XVI.

Can’t wait to see this hanging in the museum!