If landscape-painting was a kind of leisure activity to Hofhuizen, his still lifes were a much more serious affair. He used them to try out new styles that he would later use in crucifixion paintings. A crucifixion painting usually marked the start of a new style period in Hofhuizen's work. Hofhuizen strove to use all his senses when painting, not just his rational faculties but also his intuition, which he let flow freely following a period of introspection. In the still lives shown here we see how his style changed: the earliest one still bears the Campendonk stamp, then come the "fauvist" works, reminiscent of Matisse , but in the later ones he perfected his glazing technique, his colors became fuller and his forms rounder. The last few still lives that he painted were unmistakably influenced by Cezanne. In fact, he was going back in time. They formed the prelude to his later period of "eclair obscur".