MATTHIAS WITHOOS | FOREST FLOOR STILL LIFE WITH VARIOUS FLOWERS, BUTTERFLIES, AND LIZARDS, ALL BEFORE A LANDSCAPE
Property from a European Private Collection
Amersfoort 1627 - 1703 Hoorn
FOREST FLOOR STILL LIFE WITH VARIOUS FLOWERS, BUTTERFLIES, AND LIZARDS, ALL BEFORE A LANDSCAPE
oil on canvas
33 by 27⅛ in.; 84 by 69 cm.
The canvas is lined and is stable on its stretcher. The painting appears to be in good condition overall. The images reads well beneath a crisp varnish, and much of the delicate details and vibrant coloring are well preserved. Inspection under UV reveals a few small retouched repairs in the upper right corner in the background, and one in the lower right corner, all of which are faintly visible to the naked eye in raking light, but otherwise have been well applied. Some faint lines of retouching are visible near all edges, possibly to address old frame abrasion, as well as a few small scattered small spots of retouching, such as in the background just above the center butterfly. UV light also reveals some fine and thin strokes of retouching scattered in the upper left sky and in some of the shadows of the foliage near the center, mostly to address old craquelure. There are some scattered fine strokes and spots of strengthening to the shadows and darker details of the still life and the foliage, such as in the shadows around the leaf at lower center, and some of the darker green foliage fluoresces under UV. The painting can certainly hang in its present condition. Offered in a dark wood frame with two decoratively carved gilt liners.
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Private collection, New York;
Anonymous sale ('Property from a New York Estate'), New York, Christie's, 30 September 2005, lot 103;
Private collection, Europe;
Anonymous sale, Zurich, Koller, 29 March 2014, lot 3049.
This dramatically lit and painstakingly detailed forest-floor still life is wholly characteristic of the output of Matthias Withoos, a Dutch artist also active in Italy whose style remains indebted to his teachers Jacob van Campen and Otto Marseus van Schrieck. The painting's rich color palette of shades of green, silver, yellow is enlivened by delicate touches of blue and white, and from with its variety of foliage appear lizards, butterflies, berries.