Still Life With Birds

Still Life With Birds

Dutch school, 20th century, oil on canvas





Still Life with Hunting Equipment and Dead Birds, a 20th century Dutch School oil on canvas after Willem van Aelst (1627-1683).


The term “after” is frequently encountered in museums, art galleries, and antique stores. Its meaning is straightforward: it denotes a copy of a specific artist’s work, with the word “after” preceding or following the artist’s name. It’s crucial to understand that “after” does not imply that the artwork is a forgery.

An (unknown) artist can create a copy of a famous work displayed in a museum. This copy is not considered a fake because the (unknown) artist does not claim to be the original creator. When selling their copy, the artist uses the term “after” before or after the original artist’s name, clarifying that the work is a well-made copy, not an attempt at deception.

The practice of using “after” for copies has been in place for centuries. There are different levels of “afters.” For instance, a modern artist creating a 2020 copy of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” is far removed from Van Gogh in time and context. However, a higher level of “after” occurs when the original artist is involved in or approves the copy, sometimes even including their signature.

Though an “after” is a copy, its quality and value can be very high, and such works remain highly collectible.


Terms like “French school,” “Dutch school,” and “Italian school” are often used to describe particular styles of painting.

In its narrowest sense, “school” refers to a group of painters influenced by a specific artist. A prime example is the “School of Leonardo da Vinci,” where many artists worked in Leonardo’s studio or were influenced by him. This group is also known as “The Leonardeschi.”

In a broader sense, “school” can refer to the collective style of painters from an entire country, such as the “Italian school” or “French school.” Additionally, it can denote a specific region within a country. For example, the “Venetian school” refers to painters influenced by the local style and techniques of Venice. Notable artists of the Venetian school include Lazzaro Bastiani (1430-1512), Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), and Giulio Campi (1500-1572).

Understanding these terms helps appreciate the diversity and depth within the art world, acknowledging both the authenticity of copies and the regional influences on artistic styles.


Still Life With Birds








Sold with frame

This item is sold including its frame.

Dimensions including frame

46.5 x 36.5 centimeters

Dimensions excluding frame

29.5 x 38 centimeters

Frame condition

Traces of wear and tear and slight signs of aging are visible.


Oil on canvas


Dutch School


The Netherlands


20th century




In fair condition with retouches and traces of wear and tear and signs of aging are visible.


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