Abraham Brueghel was born in Antwerp and was the second son of Jan Brueghel the
Younger. He was a pupil of his father and very early on must have showed a
precocious talent, for his father recorded the sale of a painting by his son (dated
1646), when Abraham was only fifteen. Before he was eighteen, Abraham was sent
to Italy where he was to remain for the rest of his life. He entered the service of
Prince Antonio Ruffio in Sicily and in 1659 he settled in Rome. He married there in
1660. Soon after 1671, Abraham Brueghel is recorded as living in Naples and it is
probable that he died there.
During the early stages of his career, Abraham Brueghel painted in the style of his
father, but when he arrived in Italy, he immediately turned to painting garlands in
the manner of Daniel Seghers and worked in collaboration with Carlo Maratta and
Luca Giordano amongst other Italian figure painters. However, Abraham Brueghel
is best known for his large fruit and flower compositions on canvas which he
completed in the last thirty years of his life. His characteristically dramatic
compositions were reinforced by his spirited brushwork as well as the dark
backgrounds and the brightly lit fruit and flowers. As a result of his years in Rome
his paintings are infused with the drama of the Italian Baroque.
Museums where examples of the artist's work can be found include:
Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Brussels, Florence (Pitti Palace), Nantes, Paris, Prague, Rome
(Pamphili), Rotterdam, St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Turin.