COORTE, Adriaen
(active 1683-1707 around Middelburg)

Still-Life with Asparagus

Oil on paper on panel, 25 x 21 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Coorte's pictures stand out for their extreme simplicity, loving concentration, and the isolated look of a few vegetables on a plinth bathed in a harsh, unrealistic light. In his own time he had only local fame in Middelburg in Zeeland. He was discovered by the international public only in the mid-twentieth century.

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