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Pieter Claesz. Still Life. Breakfasts

Pieter Claesz. Still Life. Breakfasts

The Dutch still life painter, Pieter Claesz (c. 1597-1660) was one of the most important exponents of Haarlem school specializing on the "ontbijt" or breakfast piece.

Pieter Claesz' still lifes were usually composed of a number of objects repeated in his paintings - a table with the expensive tableware, fare and fruit. The restrained color range, including gray, green, brown tones, -- "monochrome" -- gave its name to all still lifes of this type - monochrome banketjes.
At the beginning of his career Claesz works in traditional manner shaped by his predecessors - Floris van Schooten, Johannes Cornelius Verspronck, showing at the same time his individuality - in the asymmetry of the composition, in the particular selection of the objects. Later he switches over to the monochrome painting. At the end of his career his work becomes more colourful and decorative.

Claesz's still lifes often suggest allegorical purpose, with skulls serving as reminders of human mortality.

Pieter Claesz. Still Life. Breakfasts


Pieter Claesz. Still Life. Breakfasts

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