This work, titled Flowers on a Fountain with a Peacock, is the most spectacular painting by the Dutch artist Jan Weenix in the Wallace Collection.
Characteristic of Weenix’s late decorative style, the picture’s impressive visual power derives from the artist’s mastery in rendering different textures in paint.
Dated c.1700-10, the work demonstrates the artist’s skill in combining a theatrical ‘mise en scène’ with finely observed detail. It also combines natural and architectural elements, composed in the grand manner, with dramatic lighting to obtain a monumental effect.
Its scale and quality may indicate that it once formed part of a larger commission from a prestigious patron, possibly for a set of Seasons.