A Little Bit of Beauty

16 11 2007

You needed something gorgeous today, didn’t you? Well, here it is. I know it’s not a great image, but if you’d like a better one, click here: http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/coorte_adriaen.html. If you’d like to take a closer look, you’ll have to go to Cleveland. 

This little piece of perfection was painted by Adriaen Coorte in 1701. Mr. Coorte lived in the Netherlands and painted between 1683 and 1707. There are about 100 known paintings, many of them in this very simple style. This one is approximately 30 cm x 23 cm, or roughly 12 inches long and 9 inches wide. It seems that many of his paintings were very small like this, and I believe that small works like this were often referred to as cabinet paintings.

I love the way the gooseberries look translucent, almost glowing against the dark background. It’s such a quiet painting, but utterly beautiful.

Now, doesn’t that make you feel better? I’ll show you a noisier painting sometime soon.




4 responses

16 11 2007

Hey, how come you don’t put the image in the same post as your comments about it? If you want help learning how to do that, lemme (or Mary) know.


16 11 2007

Yikes! That’s a horrible comment to leave! What I meant to say first was how much I like that picture.

17 11 2007

Coorte seemed to capture the moment.

At the same time that he shows the asparagus and gooseberries, fresh and tender and glistening, he reminds us how fleeting is that moment and how transient is that delicate beauty.

When we look at these pictures we see the story of our lives. . . .

19 11 2007

Quietly stunning painting. Thanks, Egghead!

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