Willem Claesz Heda

(c. 1594—1680)

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(b Haarlem, c.1594; d Haarlem, 1680).

Dutch still-life painter, active in Haarlem. He and Pieter Claesz. are the most important representatives of ontbijt (breakfast piece) painting in the Netherlands. His overall grey-green or brownish tonalities are very similar to those of Claesz., but Heda's work was usually more highly finished and his taste was more aristocratic. He showed a preference for ham, mincemeat pie, and oysters, and after 1629 never included a herring in his pictures. His son Gerrit (d before 1702) was his pupil and a close imitator of his style.

Subjects: Art.

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