Barend van der Meer

Still life of wild strawberries, peaches, figs, and other fruit on a ledge with a grey parrot

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March 24, 03:58 PM GMT


20,000 - 30,000 GBP

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Barend van der Meer

Haarlem 1659 - before 1703

Still life of wild strawberries, peaches, figs, and other fruit on a ledge with a grey parrot

signed lower centre: B vder: meer.

oil on canvas

unframed: 65.5 x 63 cm.; 25 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. 

framed: 86 x 84 cm.; 33 7/8 x 33 1/8 in.

Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 9 May 1995, lot 62, where acquired for the Wieg collection.

Born in Haarlem, Barend van der Meer came from a family of artists. After studying painting with his father, Jan van der Meer (1628-91), he became a pupil of Juriaan van Streek (1632-87). In 1683, Barend moved to Amsterdam following his marriage and established a reputation in the competitive art scene of that city. His still-life paintings often consist of an ordered and well-studied display of wealthy objects, enlivened in the present work by a flying grey parrot.

The grey parrot, also known as the Congo grey parrot, Congo African grey parrot or African grey parrot, is an Old World parrot in the family of Psittacidae, and must have been a truly exotic attribute at the time this painting was produced, in the second half of the 17th century. Beautiful, exotic, and rare, parrots are a mainstay of 17th-century Dutch genre paintings, and were highly coveted by the wealthy elite. The African grey (Psittacus erithacus) depicted here, is considered the most intelligent of parrots.1

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