Clara Peeters, ‘Still Life with Cheeses, Artichoke, and Cherries’, ca. 1625, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Carter (M.2003.108.8)

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About Clara Peeters

Clara Peeters is one of the few known female Flemish artists of the 17th century, and one of the only to have specialized in still lifes. Little is known about her early life, but her earliest dated oil paintings are from her teenage years. Peeters’ early paintings featured valuable objects like goblets, coins, and exotic flowers, while later works included fruits, nuts, and confections. Peeters is also credited for introducing the “Breakfast Piece”—a still life showing the ingredients of a simple, everyday meal—into the Dutch painting tradition. These were typically arranged on narrow ledges and viewed from low vantage pints, against dark backgrounds. She was hailed for her ability to evoke a human presence through cut fruit, or partially eaten food. On occasion, she captured self-portraits on objects with reflective surfaces within her paintings.

Dutch, ca. 1589 - ca. 1657, Antwerp, Belgium