Saturday, 31 May 2008

Peter Claesz

Pieter Claesz also liked to paint scenes in which it appeared that perhaps people had just left the table half way through eating, or maybe this again was an indolent throw away suggestion that these people were so rich they did not need to clear all the food from the table. He is known as one of the most important breakfast still life painters but in later life he assumed a lavish enthusiasm for huge banquet still life’s. So he moved from very simple depictions of oysters, a goblet and a half eaten loaf of bread on a table at the start of his career and ended it with the opulent banquet of Roast Capon with Oysters painted in 1647.