- Adriaen Coorte
- Still life of herring on a plate with a bread roll, a glass of beer and an onion
- signed and dated lower centre: A. Coorte. 1697
- oil on canvas
- 36.8 x 42.8 cm.; 14 1/2 x 16 3/4 in.
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 29 June 1973, lot 41, for 5,000 guineas, to Eisenweiss;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 15 April 1992, lot 6;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 23 April 1993, lot 186;
With Johnny van Haeften, London;
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1993.
F.A. van Braam et al., World Collectors' Annuary, vol. 25, 1973, p. 106;
L.J. Bol, Adriaen Coorte: a Unique Late Seventeenth century Dutch Still-Life Painter, Assen 1977, pp. 15, 42, 50, no. 30, reproduced plate 18;
F.G. Meijer, Stillevens uit de Gouden Eeuw, Rotterdam 1989, p. 70, n. 2;
B. Frederiksen, R. Priem, J. Armstrong, Corpus of Paintings sold in the Netherlands in the Nineteenth Century 1801–1810, Los Angeles 1998, p. 176, no. 36;
E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire des peintres..., Paris 1999, vol. III, p. 859;
Q. Buvelot, The Still-Lifes of Adriaen Coorte (active c.1685–1707) with oeuvre catalogue, The Hague 2008, pp. 29, 98, no. 28, reproduced.
Like his paintings, Coorte's life is marked by its relative isolation. A native of Izendijke, a small town in the province of Zeeland, he moved with his mother to Middelburg in 1675.2 He may later have moved to Vlissingen, but the pioneering research by Laurens Bol showed that most works by Coorte recorded in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were to be found in collections in or around Middelburg (including the present work), and it is likely that he spent most of his career here.3 It is possible that he was a gentleman or amateur painter, for a record from the 1695–96 yearbooks of the Guild of Saint Luke in Middelburg show that he was fined for selling pictures there without being a member. Coorte seems to have been active as a painter between 1683 and 1705, and his known work today consists of some sixty-four paintings. From the mid-1690s onwards, although he continued to paint directly onto canvas as here, Corte often painted on paper laid down onto canvas or panel.
1. Compare, for example, the signed toebackje (tobacco) still-life sold London, Sotheby's, 8 July 1999, lot 11.
2. T. de Jong and H.J. Plankeel, 'Adriaen Coorte of Izendijke', Oud Holland, vol. 128, 2015, pp. 55–58
3. Bol 1977 pp. 4–5.