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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