Gaspar Pieter Verbruggen

Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen (the younger) (1664-1730) was a master Flemish still life painter who is renowned for his decorative still lifes with flowers and fruit.
Born in Antwerp, the son of Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen (the elder), who was a successful still life painter. He trained with his father and became Master of the Guild of Saint Luke of Antwerp at the age of 13 and later became the deacon of the Guild in 1691.
In 1705 he established himself in The Hague where he received many commissions for prominent residence.
Verbruggen’s use of broad brush stroke and the style of his work was inspired by Italian artists Mario Nuzzi and Michele Pace del Campidoglio and French painter Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer. Verbruggen’s paintings represented a development towards a more decorative style in still life Flemish paintings of the 17th century.
Verbruggen collaborated on a number of ‘Garland Paintings’, which are a type of still life, invented in early 17th century Antwerp by Jan Brueghel the Elder. Paintings in this genre typically have a flower or a fruit garland around a primary image or portrait.