Clara Peeters, Still Life with cheeses, artichoke and cherries, c.1625. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


The Maria Shirley lecture: At either end of the seventeenth-century Golden Age: the Dutch painters Clara Peeters and Adriaen Coorte

  • Tuesday 20 November 2018
    (The Maria Shirley Lecture, after the AGM which starts at 4.30pm)
  • The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT
  • Lecturer: Clare Ford-Wille

Clara Peeters (active from 1607 to 1621) and Adriaen Coorte (active 1683-1707) were both very mysterious Dutch artists, whose careers and paintings were largely unknown, until two fairly recent exhibitions  began to bring them out of obscurity and to reinstate them as influential and fascinating painters of still life. In 2017 the National Gallery acquired as a gift from the collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, an exquisite still life by Coorte; and another Coorte, a luscious pile of wild strawberries, was bequeathed to the Mauritshuis in The Hague by the London art dealer Edward Speelman. The same collection has also benefited from another recent bequest of one of Clara Peeters most quintessential works. The lecture will be an opportunity to explore and enjoy these fascinating artists.


Clare Ford-Wille is an independent art historian, well known to members for her courses at Birkbeck and Morley College as well as a lecturer at the National Gallery, the V&A and The Arts Society groups in Britain and Europe. She has led many tours abroad. Clare is a Vice President of The London Art History Society.

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