CLAESZ., Pieter
(b. ca. 1597, Steinfurt, d. 1661, Haarlem)

Vanitas Still-Life

Oil on canvas, 50 x 65 cm
Private collection

This painting represents a vanitas still-life with a book, a glass roemer, a skull, a lute, a pack of cards and piece of parchment on a table. This is probably the last known vanitas still-life executed by the artist. Although Claesz. started painting vanitas still-lifes in the 1620s the majority of his works in this genre were executed in the 1650s. During the last decade of his life he favoured grander, more detailed compositions in contrast to his earlier sober style.