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.
Adriaen Coorte (circa 1660–after 1707), Gooseberries on a Table, 1701, Dutch. Oil on paper mounted on wood. 45.5 × 38.5 × 4.5 cm. Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art (http://www.clevelandart.org/), Cleveland, Ohio; Leonard C. Hanna, Jr Fund, 1987.32. Photograph © the Cleveland Museum of Art.