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Albrecht Kauw the Elder
STILL LIFE OF DEAD GAME BIRDS, GHERKINS, A MELON AND WALNUTS ALL ON A WOODEN TABLE
Estimate
100,000150,000
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Albrecht Kauw the Elder
STILL LIFE OF DEAD GAME BIRDS, GHERKINS, A MELON AND WALNUTS ALL ON A WOODEN TABLE
Estimate
100,000150,000
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Albrecht Kauw the Elder
STRASBOURG 1616 - 1681 BERNE
STILL LIFE OF DEAD GAME BIRDS, GHERKINS, A MELON AND WALNUTS ALL ON A WOODEN TABLE
signed with initials upper right: A K
oil on canvas
20 3/4  by 30 in.; 52.7 by 76.2 cm.
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Exhibited

Thun, Kunstsammlung der Stadt Thun, Drei Jahrhunderte bernischer Malerei aus Privatbesitz von Thun und Umgebung, 16 June - 21 July 1957, cat. no. 7.

Literature

G. Herzog, Albrecht Kauw (1616-1681), Der Berner Maler aus Strassburg, Bern 1999, p. 222, cat. no. 121, reproduced p. 223.

Catalogue Note

Born in Strasbourg, Kauw settled in Bern in 1640 where he is thought to have lived and worked for the rest of his life.  He was a highly versatile painter producing not only still lifes, but also landscapes, portraits, history and genre subjects.  Kauw was trained as a cartographer as well, and his topographical views had a significant impact on the development of Swiss landscape painting.

While little is known of Kauw’s early training in Strasbourg, his still life paintings reflect various influences — from that of contemporary French painters such as Jacques Linard and Louis Moillon, to the work of such German School artists as Peter Binoit.  However a number of his still lifes, such as this example, clearly demonstrate a familiarity with certain Spanish School painters.  The stark composition of the present work, including only a few carefully composed elements set against an empty, dark background, strongly recalls the work of such Spanish masters as Juan Sánchez Cotán and Alejandro de Loarte.  Indeed, another still life by Kauw, on the art market recently, had passed through an auction in Spain in the 1950s where it had been ascribed to the Spanish still life painter Felipe Ramírez.1

1.  London, Christie's, 8 December 2010, lot 172.

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