Saturday, January 11, 2014

Who painted this? #57

Who painted this? #57
An out of season still life this week.  Is the bowl a clue?

Don't forget besides wanting the answers to all the usual questions (see below) I'd also like to hear about what you managed to find out about the artist and painting - and the best answer wins this week's challenge!

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  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer 
  • if wrong it will be published 
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is NOT THIS WEEK the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know. It's the person who does all this AND provides the BEST answer (see above)

Who Painted This #56 - The Answer

Sandviken By Claude Monet
Title of the artwork: Sandviken, Village in the Snow
Name of the artist who created this artwork: Claude Monet
Date it was created: 1895
Media used: oil on canvas, Height: 73 cm (28.74 in.), Width: 93 cm (36.61 in.) - This view gives you an indication of its size
Where it lives now: Art Institute of Chicago

Claude Monet visited and toured Norway for two months in 1895 and painting 29 paintings of snow scenes during his stay. Not all were finishes. His companion was his stepson Jacques Hoschedé, who lived in Christiania (now Oslo).

He painted six views of Sandvika - a village 15km west of Oslo.  The painting above features the Løkke bridge in the foreground with Kolsås in the background. It's said that the bridge in the village reminded him of the Japanese bridge in his garden at Giverny.

The bridge is still there today - if you click the link you'll see it's a narrow bridge made of metal and was apparently moved up river when the new road bridge was built (see Evelyn Oldroyd's comment).

Thanks also to Allyson for this great quotation
in a letter to Gustave Geffrey wrote "..this morning I was painting under constantly falling snow. You would have burst out laughing to see me white all over, my beard overgrown with icicles."
Here are some links to more information - and more paintings of Norway by Monet

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #56? - a number of people got this - although I actually thought it was far from easy.
This week I'm going to give the "Best Answer of the Week" to Evelyn Oldroyd (Evelyn Oldroyd). That's because she did what I normally do - tracked down the view and the details and checked out how you can see it today.  I'd have never known the bridge (a) still existed and (b) had been moved but for Evelyn!


  1. “Wild Strawberries in a Wan Li Bowl” adriaen coorte (Dutch, ca.1660-1707) 1704

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Oil on paper, mounted on wood
    Panel: 11 5/8 x 8 7/8 in. (29.53 x 22.54 cm); Framed: 18 3/4 x 16 x 2 in. (47.63 x 40.64 x 5.08 cm)
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward William Carter (M.2009.106.5)
    European Painting
    Currently on public view: Ahmanson Building, floor 3
    I thought the fruits looked like Arbutus unedo but the flower looked like wild strawberry
    I googled wild strawberries oil painting and found Wild Strawberries and a Carnation in a Wan-Li Bowl, by Jacob van Hulsdonck, c. 1620, oil on copper which had a similar bowl so added in porcelain bowl and found Coorte;s painting on which had it as oil on canvas.
    I then tried wiki and arrived at the details above.

  2. What an interesting looking bridge! Those circles are very unique.

  3. I searched for Still Life with bowl of Berries and thought I had found it, but quickly realized there was more than one version.

    Wild Strawberries in a Wan Li Bowl
    Adriaen Coorte (Holland, Middelburg (?), active 1683-1707)
    1704 (Periods: Baroque, Dutch Golden Age)

    Oil on paper, mounted on wood
    Panel: 11 5/8 x 8 7/8 in. (29.53 x 22.54 cm); Framed: 18 3/4 x 16 x 2 in. (47.63 x 40.64 x 5.08 cm)
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward William Carter (M.2009.106.5)
    European Painting
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
    Ahmanson Building, floor 3

    Wikipediea - Hee was probably born in Middelburg and also died there. He became a pupil of Melchior d'Hondecoeter around 1680 in Amsterdam. From 1683 he seems to have returned to Middelburg, where he set up a workshop and signed his small, carefully balanced minimalist still lifes. He often painted on paper that was glued to a wooden panel. About 80 signed works by him have been catalogued, and nearly all of them follow the same pattern; small arrangements of fruits, vegetables, or shells on a stone slab, lit from above, with the dark background typical of still lifes earlier in the century. Instead of the Chinese or silver vessels favoured by his contemporaries, his tableware is very basic pottery. "Objects and light are studied intensely, and are painted with a wondrous tenderness".[1] Neither his birth nor death date is certain, and archival evidence only exists in Middelburg for his membership in the Guild of St. Luke there from 1695 onwards, when he was fined for selling a painting without being a member of the guild. His works appear frequently in contemporary Middelburg taxation inventories.
    2009 - AMSTERDAM.- Today at Sotheby’s Amsterdam two important, newly discovered still lifes by the much sought-after Dutch artist, Adriaen Coorte

    More Information:

    2011 -

    A previously unrecorded painting by Dutch painter Adriaen Coorte was auctioned for £2.1 million, setting a world record,
    The painting, which shows three peaches on a stone ledge and a butterfly above, was consigned in Australia and was sold in the Old Master Paintings auction at Bonhams, London.
    Although the artwork had a pre-sale estimate of £300,000-500,000, it set a new record price for the Dutch artist.

  4. Adriaen Coorte: Still Life with Wild Strawberries in a Chinese Bowl

    Ms. Tyrrell, I sent you an email :)

  5. Painting number 57 is ' Still Life with Strawberries in a Wan- Li Bowl' (detail), oil on canvas, 1704 ,by Adriaen Coorte who was Dutch. It is in a private collection but the size is not published. His similar paintings ,in various Museums, are small, from 16x14 to 30x23 centimeters in size.
    He was obscure until the 1950's when an exhibition of his work was held at the Dordrechts Museum, Netherlands. Since then, his work has increased in appreciation and value.
    Coorte's compositions are usually a group of well balanced objects against a dark background, the focus being on a bowl of strawberries, asparagus or shells.They are his mature works which differ from the earlier paintings of 1683 of birds in a landscape or Vanitas. By 1685 he had begun to concentrate on exotic shell, fruit and vegetable motifs which would occupy him for the rest of his career.
    It is known that he lived in Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands, a place which had a temperate climate, therefore beautiful flowers and plants which were his subjects.
    He signed and dated paintings, of which there are about 100, between 1683 and 1707. However, his birth and death dates are unknown, also, information about his artistic training is unknown. There is only one document that refers to Coorte during his lifetime. It concerns a fine for selling work in the marketplace of Middelburg without being a member of the local Artists' Guild. Therefore, speculation has arisen amongst art historians as to whether he was a non- professional painter or from the countryside.
    I found the image of this painting as I was looking at Manet Still Lifes on the computer. Coorte's painting was in the wrong place on this site. I was pursuing lychees instead of strawberries and deer- decorated bowls so this was a lucky accident to get me started!
    one other point; I wondered if painting no. 57 was oil on paper attached to canvas as most of his other paintings were, but the information I found said oil on canvas.

  6. Artist..... Adriaen Coorte
    Title...... Wild Strawberries in a Wan-Li Bowl
    Date 1704
    Medium .... Oil on paper mounted on wood
    Where it is...Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    How I found it..I Googled Still life Fruit , found a similar painting by Coorte , looked him up and found the right image.

    There is very little information about Adriaen Coorte. Neither his place or date of birth are known nor his place or date of death. His paintings are
    known to have been sold ( for low prices) in Middelburg,The Netherlands;c1685-c.1707;his work appears in Middelburg inventories of the time. He was not registered with the local Guild of Painters, which he should have been if he was living and working in the area and in 1696 he was fined by the Guild of St Luke for selling his pictures locally, as a non member. He often painted in oil on paper, which was then mounted on wood. ( in 2006,one of his painting was being restored prior to auction, when the back was examined it was discovered that the picture was painted on the back of an invoice !) He painted small simple works, mostly bowls of fruit with living creatures such as butterflies;his work was very different to the
    lavish paintings of fruit and flowers then popular in The Netherlands. Perhaps because he was unfashionable, he was gradually forgotten and then all but vanished until a reassessment of his
    work by a former director of the Dordrecht, Laurens Jan Bol, who organised the first exhibition of his work, in 1958. Since then there have been other
    showings of his paintings including a major exhibition in the National Gallery in Washington. and one in the Mauritshuis,The Hague, in 2007. At
    that time there were 60 signed and accredited Coortes, more have now been rediscovered, including 2 that were found in a cupboard in a house in The Netherlands, they were sold in Southeby`s Amsterdam, for a total of £2,827,219.
    He often used the same composition more than once; there are 12 known paintings of wild strawberries, some of them very similar to each other and the Wan-Li bowl also features more than once . Although his work is almost hyper realistic there is sometimes something odd about his use of
    perspective, making the viewer look more closely at the painting. In" Wild Strawberries in a Wan- Li
    Bowl", the bowl seems to be tilting towards the viewer, if you mentally complete the rim of the bowl the strawberries seem to be too high at the back.
    Chinese porcelain was always very popular in Europe and both it (and wild strawberries) feature in a large number of paintings of the period. The bowl in Coorte`s painting was made in the Wan-Li era (1563-1620) during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). During this Dynasty, in porcelain making , there was a big move towards a market economy,new designs were produced for the European market, they were more decorative and were without symbolic significance, and new innovations in the type of clay used (Kaolin and
    Pottery Stone mixed together gave a stronger product which could withstand a long sea voyage better). Items made of porcelain were sent by the million from China to Europe by sea. Inevitably some of these ships sank and most of them stayed at the bottom of the sea until improvements in diving skills and equipment made salvage easier, mainly from the 1900s until today. In1600 the San Diego sank, it was salvaged in 1992. In the National Museum of the Filipino People there is a small bowl, rescued from the wreck, which is very similar to the one in Coorte`s painting; it also has a design of deer and decorative foliage.
    At the moment Coorte`s painting "Still Life with Five Apricots" is on show in the Frick Collection in NYC. The exhibition "Vermeer,Rembrandt and Hals,
    Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis" also includes Vermeer`s
    "Girl with a Pearl Earring " and Fabritius` "Goldfinch". Coorte seems to
    have found the recognition he deserves at last.
    Bernadette Madden


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