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Pieter Claesz: Master of Haarlem Still Life



<P>Pieter Claesz:<EM>Fruit Still Life with Basket of Cheese</EM>, c.1624-1625oil on panel50 x 73 cm (19 11/16 x 28 3/4 in.) Private collection, on loan to the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem</P>

Pieter Claesz:
Fruit Still Life with Basket of Cheese, c.1624-1625
oil on panel
50 x 73 cm (19 11/16 x 28 3/4 in.)
Private collection, on loan to the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem

Pieter Claesz: Master of Haarlem Still Life
UNITED STATES
WASHINGTON, D.C.  •  National Gallery  •  Ongoing
 
Pieter Claesz, who lived and worked in Haarlem between 1621 and 1660, was one of the most important Dutch still-life painters of the 17th century.  Claesz pioneered the development of monochrome table-top still lifes (the so-called monochrome banketjes), quietly restrained works imbued with an extraordinary sense of naturalism.  The exhibition will showcase 25 of Claesz's still lifes from all phases of his career. The paintings of mincemeat pies, breads, lemons, olives, nuts, fruits, and wine are visual feasts that delight the eye and whet the appetite. Claesz reveled in capturing the effects of light and the different textures of objects through his varied handling of paint.  He also included objects infused with symbolic implications, indicating that the viewer should reflect upon worldly transience and spiritual truths.

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