The work of Herman Henstenburgh reminds me of Alexander McQueen. Even though this painting was done circa 1700, Henstenburgh, like McQueen, mixes beauty with the macabre. The title of this work "Vanitas" is the Latin word for vanity. Its loose translation suggests the meaningless of earthly life and all earthly goods and pursuits. Beautiful painting but not too cheery. Again, I am feeling Alexander McQueen and all of his demons. I wonder if they are soul mates in the after life?
Painting and drawing were hobbies of Henstenburgh. His main occupation throughout his life was a baker and pastry chef! Henstenburgh is credited with developing a new watercolor technique giving his colors a richer and more intense pigmentation. His work only became popular after his death.
Pantone colors left to right: Pantone 12-0727, Pantone 485, Pantone 18-0119, Pantone 13-5304, Pantone 5405
The concept behind the column “Painterly Palette,” is found in my manifesto: I believe you will always choose the right paint color, if you study the color combinations chosen by great artists. Plus a little color inspiration always is fun. I use the Pantone system because it can be readily copied if you see a color you like.