Lot 29
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Pedro de Camprobín y Passano

300,000 - 400,000 USD
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  • Pedro de Camprobín y Passano
  • Still life with a basket of grapes, peaches, an apple, a pomegranate, and tableware
  • signed lower right: Pde Camprou
  • oil on canvas
  • 22 1/2  by 37 7/8  in.; 57.1 by 96.2 cm.

Catalogue Note

Likely dating to circa 1652-1655, this canvas ranks among Pedro de Camprobín’s best fruit still-lifes.  Camprobín renders this still life of a basket of fresh grapes surrounded by fruits and tableware with fluid brushstrokes, sophisticated details, and a quiet refinement.  Although no date is visible, the style and details present are consistent with other works of the period.  The step holding the saucer and glass bowl at the left also appears in Camprobín’s Still Life with Game Fowl (1653, The Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist Unversity, Dallas), and the same wine glass is visible in his Basket with Peaches and Plums (1654, Museo del Prado, Madrid, inv. no. PO7916).  

Camprobín’s long and successful career began in Toledo, the birthplace of Spanish still-life painting, where from 1619-1624 he was apprenticed to Luis Tristán.  Towards the end of the third decade of the 17th century, Seville succeeded Toledo as the artistic and still-life capital of Spain.  Marriage documents record Camprobín's move to Seville in 1628, where he joined many other celebrated still-life artists, including Francisco and Juan de Zurbarán, and he quickly became a maestro pintor in the city's artist guild.  By the 1650s, Camprobín had developed an independent artistic spirit that proved to be one of the hallmarks of his career and helped secure his position as Seville's pre-eminent artist in the genre. According to Peter Cherry and William B. Jordan, Camprobín's works demonstrate how he, more than any other artist of the period, “gave lasting expression to the charm and elegance of life in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.”1 

We are grateful to William B. Jordan for confirming the attribution to Pedro de Camprobín on the basis of photographs and for providing a completion date of circa 1652-1655.

1. P. Cherry and W. Jordan, Spanish Still Life From Velasquez to Goya, p. 110.