Adriaen Coorte

Stillleben met wilden Erdbeeren

1106 voorzijde
1106 detail signatuur
1106 detail datering
1106 achterzijde
1106 ingelijst
1106 voorzijde
1106 voorzijde

Adriaen Coorte
Stillleben met wilden Erdbeeren

1705 Zu sehen in Saal 11

Dieses kleine Stillleben ist ein Wunder an Einfachheit. Auf einer steinernen Tischplatte liegen einige Erdbeeren vor dunklem Hintergrund. Ein Stengel hängt über die Tischkante, aus den Früchten ragt eine weiße Blüte. Winzige weiße Farbtupfer deuten die Kerne an den roten Beeren an.

Über Adriaen Coorte ist nur bekannt, dass er vermutlich in Middelburg lebte. Er geriet in Vergessenheit, wurde erst in der zweiten Hälfte des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts wiederentdeckt und wird heute ausgesprochen geschätzt.

Technische Daten
1106 voorzijde

Adriaen Coorte
Stillleben met wilden Erdbeeren

1705 Zu sehen in Saal 11

Nach oben

We are completely ignorant about the life of Adriaen Coorte, and even the exact years of his birth and death remain unknown. From his dated paintings, we know that he worked as a painter from 1683-1707, probably in Middelburg. He specialised in still lifes, and an oeuvre of over one hundred paintings has been attributed to him. Certain motives constantly recur in his compositions; again and again, we see a stone ledge or tabletop, on which he might place one type of vegetable or fruit, or a variety of shells, always against the same dark background.

This small painting, which like many of Coorte’s still lifes is painted on paper pasted to a wooden board, in many ways typifies the masterful composition of his works. For instance, the clear, beautifully differentiated illumination, which highlights the strawberries and brings an almost magical quality to the piece, is a hallmark of Coorte’s paintings, as is the small size. Strikingly, only the upper surface of the tabletop is illuminated, and as a result the edge of the table stands out sharply. Coorte has fashioned a subtle composition from this simple collection of objects: the white flower forms a horizontal element among the heaped fruits, while the two strawberries hanging playfully over the edge of the table add a lively touch. To the right of these two strawberries, Coorte placed his signature and the year: 1705. More than any other painter of still lifes, he could take very ordinary subject matter and produce outstanding works.

(this is a reworked version of a text published in in: P. van der Ploeg, Q. Buvelot, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis: A princely collection, The Hague 2005, p. 113)

Details

Allgemeine Informationen
Adriaen Coorte
Stillleben met wilden Erdbeeren
1705
painting
1106
Saal 11
Material und technische Daten
oil
paper on panel
14 x 16.5 cm
Inschriften
rechtsonder: A. C...... / 1705

Ursprung

Sale London, Sotheby’s, 16 March 1966, lot 89; purchased by Edward Speelman, London; gift of Mrs Edward Speelman, in memory of Mr Edward Speelman, 1995