Clara Peeters was a famous female still-life painter. It is believed that she was born in the 1594 in Antwerp. Records show that she was baptized there in that year. She lived at least into her sixties.
Her last known record was a painting in 1657, but it is now lost. Little is known about the family life and education of Clara Peeters. She was probably born into either a wealthy or artistic family, because otherwise she would not be able to get good artistic education. Her family supported her work, and she produced paintings in her early teens. She may have trained under the tutelage of Osi as Be ert, another Flemish still-life painter at the time, but it is not certain. She moved from Antwerp in 1612 to Amsterdam and to The Hague in 1617.
She married in Antwerp in 1639 to Henrik van Joo ssen inside the same church in which she was baptized. Clara Peeters painted many still-life paintings. There are 31 known works by her. Most of her paintings are considered “breakfast” or “banquet” pieces or “floral” pieces. She depicts flowers with a dinner plate with assorted foods.
Her paintings commonly have many reflections on glass and metal objects in the scene. She began painting around 14 years of age and by 18 she was painting many works with opulent items, such as elaborate metal goblets, gold coins, and exotic flowers. She often combined seafood, such as perch, shrimp, and oysters in a specific group so that their colors, shapes, and textures contrasted each other. In several of her works, she used a slanting object to create depth and a three-dimensional look. Some of her works include Van tias (A self portrait); Still Life of Fish and Cat; Still Life with Fish; Still Life with Bread, Olives, Chicken, Ceramic; Still Life with Dead Birds, Shells; Still Life with Flowers, Nuts and Gold Vessel; and Still Life with Flowers and Fruit. Still Life with Flowers, a Goblet, Dried Fruit and Pretzels, another masterpiece, is a good representation of her styles.
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Clara Peeters helped contribute to the Renaissance. She was one of few women painters of the time and she inspired other artists to paint. She helped introduce still-life paintings into her country and to other parts of Europe. Clara Peeters introduced the two categories of still-life works, breakfast and floral.