Still life with peaches, grapes and plums
Pieter de Ring
ca 1615 – 1660 Leiden
W x H
43 x 49cm
Work
The present painting was defined by Fred Meijer as a "characteris- tic work of the Leiden master Pieter de Ring". For comparison, he cites a painting in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Inv.No. SK- A-335). According to Meijer, our image is of particular interest, as it is now the second representation of the master, which goes back to a composition by Jan Davidsz. de Heem. This supports his thesis that Pieter de Ring spent some time in the early 1650s in de Heem's studio. Not much is known about the life of Pieter de Ring. He was born either in Ypres or in Leiden and spent his en- tire life in this university town. In 1648 he was co-founder of the Leiden Saint Luke Guild. In his art, he was strongly influenced by the still lifes of Jan Davidsz. de Heem. It is only in recent years that research has shed some light on his work and has been able to crystallize de Ring's characteristic handwriting. We thank Dr. Fred Meijer, Amsterdam, for the affirmation of authenticity based on a digital photograph. Abraham Breughel Antwerp 1631 – 1690 Napels Flowers in an ornamented vase h|w 105 x 76,5 cm work Oil on canvas We like to thank Mr. Fred Meijer for the identification of this painting after inspection of the original Abraham Brueghel was a son of Jan Breughel the Younger. He went to Italy before he turned 18, and remained there for the rest of his life. Although Flemish by birth, he can be counted among the most successful Italian still- life painters of the second half of the seventeenth century. Initially active in Rome, he moved to Naples in the early 1670s. His main theme was the out-door still life of fruit, often with some flowers. Pure floral still lifes by Brueghel are much rarer and this is an excellent example. He rarely dated his paintings which makes it difficult to suggest a chronology for them, but this flower painting most probably was painted after his move to Naples. He may well have been inspired by the work of Roman flower painters such as Poalo Popora (1617-1673) and MarioNuzzi ‘dei fiori’ (1603-1673), but Brueghel’s flow- er paintings such as this one have a great individuality and a quality that equals or even surpasses that of the work of his predecessors.
Literature
Estate Karl Schaub, Mainz 1855 (according to a label on the back) Pabst / L (...) bhardt, Darmstadt Ingelheim 1962 (according to inscription on reverse side) Private property, Baden-Württemberg.