Extremely widespread in the Dutch art of the XVII century received a still life. The masters of Dutch realism felt a special inclination to depict the “life” of things. Throughout the 17th century, the still life in Holland undergoes a noticeable evolution: from the humble depiction of the surrounding objects, it turns into a magnificent spectacle. “Breakfast with crab” Khedy refers to the period of the heyday of this genre. It belongs to the type of so-called “breakfasts”.
The set of items that were part of this type of still life, eventually acquired certain certainty:
The painting shows luxury items – crystal, silver, expensive overseas dishes. The intentional disorder, designed to give the impression of greater “liveliness,” is deceptive. Still life is built very strictly – the table line and the cups and glasses standing on it form a clear system of contours and verticals – the composition of it is indestructible. The color in the still life is subordinate to the unity of the brownish-gray tonality, even the red crab and green olives should sacrifice their natural color for this purpose.