Pieter Claesz

Master of Haarlem Still Life

September 18 – December 31, 2005

West Building Main Floor

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    Fruit Still Life with Basket of Cheese, c.1624-1625, oil on panel, 50 x 73 cm (19 11/16 x 28 3/4 in.), Private collection, on loan to the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem

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    Tabletop Still Life with Pigeon Pie and Delftware Jug, c.1626, oil on panel, 36.5 x 77 cm (14 3/8 x 30 5/16 in.), Teresa Heinz

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    Still Life with Smoking Implements, Herring, and Overturned Jug, 1627, oil on panel, 36.2 x 57.5 cm (14 1/4 x 22 5/8 in.), Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, The Putnam Foundation

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    Still Life with Books and Burning Candle, 1627, oil on panel, 26.1 x 37.3 cm (10 1/4 x 14 11/16 in.), Royal Picture Gallery, Mauritshuis, The Hague

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    Still Life with Lemons, Venetian Goblet, and Roemer, 1629, oil on panel, 44.5 x 61 cm (17 1/2 x 24 in.), Private collection, on loan to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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    Still Life with Pewter Pitcher, Mince Pie, and Almanac, c.1630, oil on panel, 47.6 x 70.2 cm (18 3/4 x 27 5/8 in.), Private collection

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    Vanitas Still Life with Overturned Gilded Cup and Chain, c.1630, oil on panel, 53 x 78 cm (20 7/8 x 30 11/16 in.), Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna

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    Still Life with Roemer, Tazza, and Watch, 1636, oil on panel, 44 x 61 cm (17 5/16 x 24 in.), Royal Picture Gallery, Mauritshuis, The Hague, on long-term loan from the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation (Gift of Willem Baron van Dedem)

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    Banquet Piece with Pie, Tazza, and Gilded Cup, 1637, oil on panel, 66.5 x 92 cm (26 3/16 x 36 1/4 in.), Museum Briner und Kern, Jakob Briner Foundation, Winterthur

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    Still Life with Smoking Implements and Berkemeyer, 1638, oil on panel, 28.2 x 45.7 cm (11 1/8 x 18 in.), Private collection

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    Still Life with the Covered Cup of the Haarlem Brewer's Guild, 1641, oil on panel, 66.5 x 48 cm (26 3/16 x 18 7/8 in.), Teresa Heinz

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    Still Life with Large Roemer, Lemon, and Grapes, 1646, oil on panel, 55 x 53 cm (21 5/8 x 20 7/8 in.), Private collection

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: 30 still-life paintings by 17th-century Dutch artist Pieter Claesz were included in this first international exhibition of his work, along with 6 still lifes by his predecessors and contemporaries Floris van Dijck, Willem Claesz Heda, Gerret Willemsz Heda, Osias Beert the Elder, and Jan Brueghel the Elder. Decorative objects and books from the period were displayed in cases in the Dutch Cabinet Galleries. Among them was the gilt cup of the Haarlem brewer's guild, which appears in one of the Claesz paintings in the exhibition. The exhibition was a variant of the earlier presentations in Haarlem and Zürich.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a 2-part lecture program was presented by the exhibition curator, Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., and by author and food historian Peter G. Rose.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, and the Kunsthaus Zürich. Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery, was curator in Washington.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible through the support of Greg and Candy Fazakerley. It also was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Willem Claesz Heda, Banquet Piece with Mince Pie, 1635, oil on canvas, Patrons' Permanent Fund, 1991.87.1

Attendance: 112,290

Catalog: Pieter Claesz: Master of Haarlem Still Life, by Pieter Biesboer et al. Zwolle: Waanders Publishers, 2004.

Brochure: Pieter Claesz: Master of Haarlem Still Life, by Margaret Doyle. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2005.

Other Venues: Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, November 27, 2004–April 3, 2005
Kunsthaus Zürich, April 22–August 21, 2005

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