Arts Everyday Living: Vermeer of Still-Lifes–Sea Shells, Peaches with Butterfly & Asparagus

 

 

 

 

Adriaen Corte, Still Life with Large and Three Smaller Shells, 1695, color on paper mounted on wood, Louvre, Paris, France

 

Dutch Golden Age artist Adriaen Coorte (c. 1665-after 1707), like his countryman icon Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), was forgotten by posterity until centuries later. While Vermeer is famed primarily for his remarkable interiors, Coorte specialized in magical still lifes of a variety of objects, from delicate shells to succulent peaches combined with an extraordinary butterfly to ultra-real asparagus.

 

Adriaen Coorte, Three Peaches on a Stone Ledge with Painted Lady Butterfly, 1693-1695, oil on paper mounted on board, Private Collection

 

Adriaen Coorte, Still Life with Asparagus and Red Currants,1696, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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