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ÉCOLE DE FRANCFORT, XVIIE SIÈCLE - Huile sur toile

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FRANKFURT SCHOOL, 16th CENTURY

Crayfish, lemons and a vase of flowers on an entablature

Oil on canvas 61 x 76 cm

Everything here works together. From face-to-face to side-by-side, objects and food go in pairs. Two crayfish thus line up wisely in their silver dish under the vigilance of two half-lemons that observe them like a pair of eyes. Further to the right, two forks and knives cross swords in a mock duel. Finally, dominating the composition, the meeting at the top, is that of two containers that everything opposes. Starting with their material, finely blown crystal versus robust ceramic, their shape, slender or squat, but also their use, a glass and a pitcher. The transparency of the first, which reveals a white wine with golden reflections, is matched by the varnished opacity of the second, an improvised vase in which a bouquet of roses is completing its wilting, spreading its petals one by one on the tablecloth. The precious competes here with the modest, the refined with the rustic, the baroque with the simple. The symbolism is there to remind us of the vanity of earthly goods. Luxury and sobriety are equal here. Time passes, taking everything in its path, corrupting, corroding and fading. The only sign of life in this still life, the fluttering butterfly adds to the subject by the ephemerality of its existence, whose duration is even shorter than that of the bouquet.


At the beginning of the 17th century, Frankfurt am Main and its region saw the emergence of a refined school of still life painting, with the painter Georg Flegel (1566-1638) at the top of the list. Of Moravian origin, this pupil of the Flemish Lucas Van Valckenborch (1535-1597), belonged to this small group of painters who developed this genre, imported from Flanders and the United Provinces, with particular refinement. His compatriots and colleagues were Daniel Soreau (c. 1560-1619) and Pieter Binoit (1590-1632); the former was the son of a Protestant family from Tournai who had taken refuge in Cologne to escape religious persecution in Wallonia. Together with other artists, he taught in the town of Hanau, attracting pupils such as Binoît, also of Walloon origin and destined to become one of the masters in this field, but also such as the Alsatian Sébastien Stoskopff (1597-1657). In all of them, Flemish and Dutch influences can be discerned, which can be found in our composition.

Provenance: Anonymous sale; New York, Sotheby's, 7 April 1989, no. 77 (as French school of the 17th century); With David Koetser, Zürich, in 1989-90, catalogue no. 22 (as J. van Winghen); Anonymous sale; Paris, Ader, Picard, Tajan, 5 December 1990, no. 30 (as J. van Winghen); Acquired at this sale by the present owner; Private collection of Doubs
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FRANKFURT SCHOOL, 16th CENTURY

Crayfish, lemons and a vase of flowers on an entablature

Oil on canvas 61 x 76 cm

Everything here works together. From face-to-face to side-by-side, objects and food go in pairs. Two crayfish thus line up wisely in their silver dish under the vigilance of two half-lemons that observe them like a pair of eyes. Further to the right, two forks and knives cross swords in a mock duel. Finally, dominating the composition, the meeting at the top, is that of two containers that everything opposes. Starting with their material, finely blown crystal versus robust ceramic, their shape, slender or squat, but also their use, a glass and a pitcher. The transparency of the first, which reveals a white wine with golden reflections, is matched by the varnished opacity of the second, an improvised vase in which a bouquet of roses is completing its wilting, spreading its petals one by one on the tablecloth. The precious competes here with the modest, the refined with the rustic, the baroque with the simple. The symbolism is there to remind us of the vanity of earthly goods. Luxury and sobriety are equal here. Time passes, taking everything in its path, corrupting, corroding and fading. The only sign of life in this still life, the fluttering butterfly adds to the subject by the ephemerality of its existence, whose duration is even shorter than that of the bouquet.


At the beginning of the 17th century, Frankfurt am Main and its region saw the emergence of a refined school of still life painting, with the painter Georg Flegel (1566-1638) at the top of the list. Of Moravian origin, this pupil of the Flemish Lucas Van Valckenborch (1535-1597), belonged to this small group of painters who developed this genre, imported from Flanders and the United Provinces, with particular refinement. His compatriots and colleagues were Daniel Soreau (c. 1560-1619) and Pieter Binoit (1590-1632); the former was the son of a Protestant family from Tournai who had taken refuge in Cologne to escape religious persecution in Wallonia. Together with other artists, he taught in the town of Hanau, attracting pupils such as Binoît, also of Walloon origin and destined to become one of the masters in this field, but also such as the Alsatian Sébastien Stoskopff (1597-1657). In all of them, Flemish and Dutch influences can be discerned, which can be found in our composition.

Provenance: Anonymous sale; New York, Sotheby's, 7 April 1989, no. 77 (as French school of the 17th century); With David Koetser, Zürich, in 1989-90, catalogue no. 22 (as J. van Winghen); Anonymous sale; Paris, Ader, Picard, Tajan, 5 December 1990, no. 30 (as J. van Winghen); Acquired at this sale by the present owner; Private collection of Doubs
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Tags: French School, , 15th-18th Century Art