The painter Abraham Mignon, 1640-1679
The life of Abraham Mignon
Abraham was born on June 21 1640 in Frankfurt, where his family moved to after the Reformation coming from the south of the Netherlands. His father was a tradesman and at the age of 7 he sent Abraham to Jacob Marrel, a still life painter, to be his apprentice.
In 1660 Abraham and his teacher left for the Netherlands where he was apprenticed to Jan Davidszoon de Heem. When Jan returned to Antwerp in 1672, Abraham took over his studio. In 1669 Abraham became a member of the St. Luke’s Guild.
In 1675 Abraham married the daughter of the painter Cornelis Willaerts and together they had 2 daughters, Catharina and Anna.
Abraham died at the young age of 38 on March 27, 1679 and was buried in the Buurkerk in Utrecht.
The work of Abraham Mignon
Abraham was specialized in flowers and fruits but also painted some portraits. Abraham’s work was harder in line and colour than that of his teacher Jan Davidszoon de Heem. He put red or white roses in the foreground against a black background.
His work was already highly appreciated alive, but after his death Abraham gained even more respect among art lovers.
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