Adriaen Coorte

Natura Morta con Fragole

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

Adriaen Coorte
Natura Morta con Fragole

1705 Visitabile tra Sala 11

Questa piccola natura morta è un miracolo di semplicità. Su un tavolo di pietra, alcune fragole giacciono su uno sfondo scuro. Uno stelo pende dal bordo e un fiore bianco emerge dai frutti. I semi delle fragole rosse sono costituiti da puntolini di pittura bianca.

Poco si sa di Adriaen Coorte, ad eccezione del fatto che visse probabilmente nella città di Middelburg. Rimase a lungo uno sconosciuto, fino a quando, nella seconda parte del Novecento, fu riscoperto e i suoi dipinti divennero molto richiesti.

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1106 voorzijde

Adriaen Coorte
Natura Morta con Fragole

1705 Visitabile tra Sala 11

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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)

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Informazioni generali
Adriaen Coorte
Natura Morta con Fragole
1705
painting
1106
Sala 11
Materiale e dettagli tecnici
oil
paper on panel
14 x 16.5 cm
Iscrizione
rechtsonder: A. C...... / 1705

Origine

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