Clara Peeters


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(1589–after 1657). Flemish still-life painter, recorded in Amsterdam in 1612, The Hague in 1617, and still alive in 1657. There is a scarcity of documentary evidence and only 30 paintings are known. Her compositions are stark arrangements of simple food and objects against a dark background. Still Life (c. 1612; Karlsruhe, Kunsthalle) is a more sumptuous example of a careful and symmetrical arrangement of gold vessels, flowers, coins, and shells placed against a dark background. Reflected in the silver gilt cup is the artist, holding her palette.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Art.

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