National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

IMAGE: Small Wonders: Dutch Still Lifes by Adriaen Coorte, June 29 - September 28, 2003

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IMAGE: Adriaen Coorte, Still Life with Asparagus and Red Currants, 1696, The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund This exhibition is the first in the United States of the work of Adriaen Coorte (c.1660-after 1707), a remarkable still-life painter who lived in Middelburg in the Netherlands in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Celebrating the National Gallery of Art's acquisition of its first painting by him Still Life with Asparagus and Red Currants (1696), the exhibition presented some fifteen of the artist's outstanding works.

Little is known about Coorte's life, and he went largely unrecognized until he was rediscovered by a Dutch art historian in the 1950s. Coorte's compositions generally consist of a few still-life objects against a dark background. Whether his focus was a bowl of cherries, an arrangement of exotic shells, or a bunch of asparagus, he imbued his scenes with a haunting timelessness. Today he is recognized as a gifted and original master, one whose spare and carefully balanced compositions are highly prized by both public and private collectors.