Pieter Claesz. (1597/98 - 1660)

Dutch still life painter

Pieter Cleasz. was born in Berchem, Flanders. He is mentioned in 1640 as being approximately forty-three years old, so his date of birth must have been in 1596 or 1597. In 1619 a Pieter Clasen joined the Antwerp guild, but it is not sure if this is the same person as Pieter Claesz. In 1620/21 he moved to Haarlem, where in 1622 his son Nicolaes Berchem was born. Claesz. Is mentioned in Samuel Ampzing's Beschrijvinge ende lof der stad Haerlem, a description of Haarlem from 1628. Very little is know about his life. He was a member of the Guild of St. Luke in Haarlem and is registered as the teacher of his son in 1642. Cleaesz. died in December 1660 and was buried in Haarlem on January 1, 1661. Only still lifes are known from Pieter Claesz. In the 1620s he developped together with Willem Claesz. Heda the „monochrome banketje“, a still life with very few objects and a very limited palette, making the handling of light and texture the prime means of expression. Almost all his work is signed with the monogram PC




Pieter Claesz. - Vanitas Still Life
Vanitas Still Life
1625

Pieter Claesz. - Skull, Lamp, Book, and Pen
Skull, Lamp, Book, and Pen
1628

Pieter Claesz. - Open book, Skull, Violin, and Oil Lamp
Open book, Skull, Violin, and Oil Lamp
1629

Pieter Claesz. - Herring with a Glass of Beer and a Roll
Herring with a Glass of Beer and a Roll
1636

Pieter Claesz. - Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario
Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario
1628


Pieter Claesz. - Fruit Still Life with Gilded Tazza and Cheese Basket
Fruit Still Life with Gilded Tazza and Cheese Basket
c. 1624

Pieter Claesz. - Still life with turkey pie
Still life with turkey pie
1627

Pieter Claesz. - Banketje
Banketje
1628

Pieter Claesz. - Vanitas still life
Vanitas still life
1630

Pieter Claesz. - Still Life with a Gold Chain
Still Life with a Gold Chain
n.d.


Pieter Claesz. - Still Life with Roemer
Still Life with Roemer
1645

Pieter Claesz. - Still life with a Salt
Still life with a Salt
c. 1640-45

Pieter Claesz. - Still life
Still life
c. 1635

Pieter Claesz. - Still Life with a Ham
Still Life with a Ham
1642

Pieter Claesz. - Still life with Roemer
Still life with Roemer
1644


Pieter Claesz. - Still Life
Still Life
1627

Pieter Claesz. - Still Life with a Rummer and Shrimp
Still Life with a Rummer and Shrimp
1646

Pieter Claesz. - Still Life with a Fish
Still Life with a Fish
1647

Pieter Claesz. - Still Life with Turkey Pie
Still Life with Turkey Pie
1627

Pieter Claesz. - A breakfast-piece
A breakfast-piece
1637


Pieter Claesz. - Still Life
Still Life
1641

Attributed to Pieter Claesz. - Still Life on a Table with Musical Instruments
Still Life on a Table with Musical Instruments

Pieter Claesz. - A breakfast-piece
A breakfast-piece

Pieter Claesz. - Still Life with Drinking Vessels
Still Life with Drinking Vessels
1649

Pieter Claesz. - Pipes and Brazier
Pipes and Brazier
1636


Pieter Claesz. - Vanitas Still Life with Violin and Glass Ball
Vanitas Still Life with Violin and Glass Ball
1628

Pieter Claesz. - Breakfast with Ham
Breakfast with Ham
1647

Pieter Claesz. - Still Life
Still Life

Pieter Claesz. - Still Life with Roemer, Roll, Smoked Herring, Watch and Smoker's Requisites
Still Life with Roemer, Roll, Smoked Herring, Watch and Smoker's Requisites
c.1625/26

Pieter Claesz. - Still Life
Still Life
c. 1639


Pieter Claesz. - Two roemers, a roll, a plate of olives, a knife, and tobacco and oysters on a pewter dish atop a table
Two roemers, a roll, a plate of olives, a knife, and tobacco and oysters on a pewter dish atop a table
1642

Pieter Claesz. and Roelof Koets - Still Life with Fruit, Bread and Two Rummers
Still Life with Fruit, Bread and Two Rummers
1644