Musée No:318.032Regular price £25.00
Four Apricots on a Stone Plinth
Artist: Adriaen Coorte
Adriaen Coorte (ca. 1665 – 1707) was a Dutch Golden Age painter of still lifes. He painted small and unpretentious still lifes in a style more typical of the first half of the century. Very little is known of his life, but he is thought to have lived in Middelburg. Both his birth and death dates are uncertain and strangely the only archival evidence that exists is for his membership of the Guild of St. Luke in Middelburg from 1695 onwards. He had been fined for selling a painting without being a member of the guild, afterwards his works appear regularly in the Middelburg tax documents.He often painted on paper that was glued to a wooden panel and about 80 signed works by him have been catalogued. Nearly all of them follow the same pattern; small arrangements of fruit, vegetables, or shells on a stone slab, lit from above, with the dark background, using very basic pottery tableware rather than silver dishes. Coorte was not well known to his contemporaries outside the small city of Middelburg and he was almost entirely forgotten until the 1950s, when the Dutch art historian Laurens J. Bol revived his reputation, beginning with an article in 1952.