COORTE, Adriaen
(active 1683-1707 around Middelburg)

Still-Life with Peaches

Oil on paper, laid down on panel, 31 x 23 cm
Private collection

This still-life shows three peaches on a stone ledge, with a Red Admiral butterfly. It is signed with monogram lower centre: AC.

Coorte's still-life paintings are highly distinctive. In his simple designs, natural objects sit upon stone ledges against a dark background. His subject matter is restricted to limited themes: asparagus, wild strawberries, fruit, including peaches, medlars, apricots, black and red currants, cherries, gooseberries and grapes, and lastly nuts and shells. His still-lifes are occasionally accompanied by a delicate butterfly.

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