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Clara Peeter

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Clara Peeter


Dutch Golden Age Painting

Clara Peeters (born 1594) was a Belgium artist who specialized in still-life painting.

She was trained in the tradition of Flemish Baroque painting, but probably made her career mostly in the new Dutch Republic, as part of Dutch Golden Age painting.

Many aspects of her life and work remain very unclear, especially outside the period 1607 to 1621 from which period dated paintings are known.

As Seymour Slive puts it "Not a single uncontested document has surfaced about her life but there is reason to believe she was active in both Flanders and Holland.”

Peeters was unusual for her time simply because she was a female painter, the earliest significant woman painter of the Dutch Golden Age.

In contrast to their male counterparts, most female Dutch painters specialized in still lifes, which did not require knowledge of anatomy as this was difficult for female painters to get access to as part of their training.

Age was known for her meticulous brushwork, sophisticated arrangement of materials, low angle of perspective, and ability to capture precisely the textures of the varied objects she painted.

She was a significant popularizer of so-called banquet (or breakfast) pieces—i.e., sumptuous displays of goblets, ceramic vessels, tableware, food and drink, and flowers.

As the only Flemish artist who exclusively painted still-lifes in the 17th century, she was also one of the first known artists to incorporate self-portraiture into still-life paintings.

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