Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
ATTRIBUTED TO OTTO MARSEUS VAN SCHRIECK | Kitchen still life with fish, a lobster, and a cauliflower all on a table top, with a butterfly and a dragonfly
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
ATTRIBUTED TO OTTO MARSEUS VAN SCHRIECK
Nijmegen 1619/20 (?) - 1678 Amsterdam
KITCHEN STILL LIFE WITH FISH, A LOBSTER, AND A CAULIFLOWER ALL ON A TABLE TOP, WITH A BUTTERFLY AND A DRAGONFLY
signed and dated centre right: OTTO / MARSEVS. 1654
oil on tin
unframed: 14.6 x 19.6 cm.; 5¾ in. x 7½ in.
framed: 22.2 x 27.2 cm.; 8¾ x 10¾ in.
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The metal plate is flat and stable, the paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. The craquelure has become slightly more pronounced in the dark pigments in the lower half of the painting. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick varnish, which makes it difficult to discern any intervention, bar a small spot in the background, upper left, and a few retouchings along the lower margin, most notably in both corners. In overall good condition.
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Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 46;
Schwerin, Staatliches Museum, 7 July - 15 October 2017; Enschede, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, 5 November 2017 - 11 March 2018, Medusa's Menagerie. Otto Marseus van Schrieck and the scholars, unnumbered.
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E. Gemar-Költzsch, Holländische Stillebenmaler im 17. Jahrhundert, Lingen 1995, vol. III, p. 924, cat. no. 362/1, reproduced p. 923;
S. Steensma, Otto Marseus can Schrieck, Leben und Werk, Hildesheim 1999, p. 201, cat. no. C2.3, reproduced fig. 224 (under Doubtful Works);
L.M. Helmus (ed.), Fish. Still lifes by Dutch and Flemish masters, exh. cat., Utrecht 2004, p. 417, reproduced p. 416;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 5, Stilleben und Tierstücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2004, pp. 166-69, cat. no. 34, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M.J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 67, cat. no. 46, reproduced in colour (as van Schrieck);
G. Seelig, Medusa's Menagerie. Otto Marseus van Schrieck and the scholars, exh. cat., Munich 2017, p. 19, reproduced in colour, fig. 7.
This painting is one of the earliest works to be signed and dated by Otto Marseus van Schrieck. It is also his only known fish still life, painted during his Italian sojourn between 1652 and 1657. Best known for his dark, atmospheric depictions of forest floor fauna and flora, as well as snakes, lizards and butterflies - captured specimens of which he would even apply to the paint surface - this work shows us that the young artist started his career painting a different sort of still life. The table top, set at eye level for the observer, and the minute, delicate attention to detail in the varied still life elements, reveal the influence of Van Schrieck's forebears of the previous generation of still life painters, such as Isaac Soreau and Peter Binoit.