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Oakridge Centre and the National Gallery of Canada

Oakridge Centre and the National Gallery of Canada

Inspired by paintings in the National Gallery of Canada’s European art collection, Oakridge is proud to present a breathtaking union of high art and high style. This campaign features these masterworks in an entirely new way – and invites you to look more deeply at what a luxury centre can be.

We believe that style should inspire the imagination, that our centre should be a place for culture, community, and discovery. So we are finding new and unique ways to add depth and substance to your time shopping at Oakridge. And this is just the beginning. Only Oakridge is rethinking luxury lifestyle in this way.

Winter 2016 presents STILL-LIFE WITH FRUIT AND BUTTERFLIES, 1652.

In this edition of the series, we present a work by Jan Davidsz. de Heem (1606-1684), a Dutch artist celebrated for his vivid still-life paintings. Here, a gorgeous bounty of then-rare fruits forms an almost impossibly luxurious feast. However, upon closer inspection, the fruit is actually at various stages of decay. The painting is thus a classic memento mori – a reminder of the passage of time, and our own mortality Through powerful techniques of illusion, De Heem conjures a bittersweet meditation on the beauty of the present moment.

National Gallery of Canada