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The Art of JAMA
September 11, 2013

Gooseberries on a Table: Adriaen Coorte

JAMA. 2013;310(10):1008-1009. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5301

Little is known of the mysterious life of Dutch painter Adriaen Coorte (circa 1660–after 1707), but since the recent rediscovery of his work, Coorte’s deliciously appealing paintings are receiving ever-increasing acclaim. As distinguished from more ornate still life paintings of this era, Coorte’s simple compositions emanate an intimacy and mystique that charms the viewer, transcending time and the ordinariness of objects portrayed within.

Coorte’s year of birth and death have yet to be determined, but it is believed he resided near Middelburg in the Netherlands, based in part on records from St Luke’s Guild in Middelburg for 1695-1696, where it was recorded that “Coorde, painter of art” was fined for selling paintings. (Buvelot Q. The Still Lifes of Adriaen Coorte [Active c.1683-1707]. The Hague, the Netherlands: Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis/Waanders Publishers, Zwolle; 2008:18.) It is unclear why he was not registered in the guild and thus licensed to sell his work.