About Johannes Borman
The Hague circa 1620/25 – 1660/79 Amsterdam
Still life painter.
Borman’s small oeuvre mainly consists of fruit pieces, but there are also some examples with flowers known.
Dated works known between 1653 and 1660.
His main inspiration seems to have been the work of Laurens Craen, an artist who had probably worked near Jan Davidsz. de Heem in Antwerp in the mid-1640s and who was active in Middelburg from 1649. In view of Borman’s strong dependence on Craen’s work, it would seem likely that he spent some time in Middelburg as Craen’s pupil, perhaps during the early 1650s.
Borman was a member of the Painter’s Guild in Leiden in 1658. He had apparently already settled in Leiden in 1653.
But in 1659 he was already a citizen and member of the Painter’s Guild in Amsterdam. In that same year he is also still mentioned as a painter active in The Hague.
Typical of Borman are the thin leaves with wavy margins and strongly pronounced veins.
Why should you buy this painting?
Because it is such a beautiful and colourful composition, enlivened by a grey-blue silk tablecloth, curling branches and very diverse insects (a dragonfly, a butterfly, a moth and a large and two tiny flies).