JOHANNES BOUMAN | STILL LIFE OF FRUIT IN A KRAAK BOWL, ON A LEDGE
Property from a Private Connecticut Collection
Strasbourg 1601 - 1658 Utrecht
STILL LIFE OF FRUIT IN A KRAAK BOWL, ON A LEDGE
signed on ledge lower right: Boumann fec
oil on panel
panel: 23¼ by 29¼ in.; 59 by 74.3 cm.
framed: 30 by 35½ in.; 76.2 by 90.2 cm.
The panel is flat, cradled, and stable. A still life image reads well with the bold colors of fruits retained despite some thinning in the grapes. A thin horizontal crack runs the length of the panel about 6 inches from the bottom as well as another thin crack 4 inches in length at upper right; both have been repaired and are barely noticeable. Two diagonal lines at the bottom edge on the stone ledge could be retouching or may be inherent to the original paint surface. Under UV inspection, retouching to the longer of the cracks is visible along with some scattered strokes in the shadows on either side of the bowl and along the stone ledge. Older retouches may be masked by the varnish. The painting can certainly hang as is. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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New York art market, 1952
Victor Spark, New York, until 1965, when sold to private collector;
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, January 14, 1988, lot 98;
W. Bernt, Die Niederländischen Maler und Zeichner des 17. Jahrhunderts, Munich 1979, vol. I, reproduced pl. 178;
E. Coatalem, 17th Century Still-Life Painting in France, Dijon 2014, pp. 132-133, reproduced.
New Orleans, Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, Fêtes de la Palette, November 1962 - January 1963, no. 21 (lent by Victor Spark);
Flint, MI, Flint Institute of Arts, 1966;
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, on loan from 1973 - 1987.
Jean-Jacques Bauman was born in Strasbourg and adopted the Dutch form of his name when he relocated to Amsterdam in or before 1622. He drew inspiration from German still life painters like Georg Flegel, as well as from Dutch and Flemish artists like Ambrosius Bosschaert. Bouman specialized in food still lifes and included luxury items from the far East like the present kraak bowl. The same bowl appears frequently in the artist's work, suggesting that he had enough financial success to own such an item.