A Still-Life by Clara Peeters Acquired by the Mauritshuis

1. Clara Peeters (1594-after 1657)
Still-Life with Cheese, Almonds and Pretzels, circa 1612-1615
Oil on Panel - 34.5 x 49 cm
La Haye, Mauritshuis
Photo : Mauritshuis

24/6/12 - Acquisition - The Hague, Mauritshuis - The exhibition of Mauritshuis masterpieces currently being staged at the Gemeentemuseum during its closing for renovations (see article), has now welcomed an additional piece in the form of a still-life by Clara Peeters (ill. 1). This work was acquired by the museum from a private collection for an undisclosed sum.

Clara Peeters, one of the rare Flemish 17th century female painters, was probably born in Antwerp and her dates of birth and death vary according to the bibliographic sources (we would arbitrarily choose 1594-after 1657 which are the most quoted). Only her still-lifes are known, with similar compositions where the elements are placed on a table, against a dark background, laid out in a balanced manner, with the textures painted in a very detailed and realistic way.
The work acquired by the Mauritshuis had made the headlines in the art market in 1998 when it had been sold to the art dealer Richard Green for the record price at the time of 10.1 million francs (that is 1.54 million euros) at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris.

2. Clara Peeters (1594-after 1657)
Still-Life with Cheese, Artichokes and Cherries, circa 1625
Oil on Panel - 46.7 x 33.3 cm
Los Angeles, County Museum of Art
Photo : Lacma

This still-life reproduces elements found in other works by Clara Peeters. Notably, we see the superposed cheeses on which there is an almost identical dish with butter slices in a painting held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (ill. 2) or in a panel auctioned at Christie’s London on 12 December 2001.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 25 juin 2012

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