Abraham BLOEMAERT (Gorinchem, 1566 - Utrecht, 1651)

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Abraham BLOEMAERT (Gorinchem, 1566 - Utrecht, 1651)


Still life with skull, bones and hourglass
canvas. Signed at the bottom in center A. Bloemaert, fe.
Inscription on the piece of paper Hospes an non huck ?/Nai, Curru Lydio.
H: 46 - W: 32 cm
Provenance: Van Wachem'
s, The Hague, c. 1950;
Collection O. Busch, Amsterdam,
Auction after death Busch, Amsterdam, Christie's, 28 November 1989, no. 129, reproduced;
At Feigen's, New York;
At Valls', London, in 1990.
Exhibitions:
Nederlandse Stillevens uit de zeventiende eeuw, Dordrecht Museum, 1962, n°24;
Ijdelheid der Ijdelheden, Leiden, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, 1970, n°3.
Bibliography:
K. Bauch, Der Fruhe Rembrandt und Seine Zeit, Berlin, 1960, reproduced p.23;
J. de Meyere, An early painting by Abraham Bloemaert, Tableau, 1981, pp.173 - 177;
A. Veca, Catalogue of the exhibition "Vanitas", Bergamo, Lorenzelli, reproduced p.99;
M. Roethlisberger, Abram Bloemaert, vanitas representations, Delineavit et scultpsit, 1991, pp.20-27;
M. Roethlisberger, Abram Bloemaert and his sons, Doornspijk, 1993, Volume I, No.57, reproduced Volume II, fig. 105.
In the 1600s Abraham Bloemaert dealt with the theme of the Vanities, which at the time was rather reserved for
Leiden painters. Our painting is the only one preserved; two have disappeared, one cited in 1604 by Van Mander, the other also disappeared, in which
Vanity was associated with a female figure. These two lost paintings are known from engravings (see M. Roethlisberger, opus cited above, nos. 55 and 56).
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