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Trompe l'Oeil Still Life

Samuel van Hoogstraten (AKA Samuel van Hoogstraeten), Dutch, (August 2, 1627–October 19, 1678)
previously attributed to Wallerant Vaillant (AKA Wallerand Vaillant), Dutch, (1623–1677)

Creation date: ca. 1655
Creation place: Netherlands

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Jo Wallace Walker in honor of Burnett Walker
Accession Number: 1975.80
Dimensions: 31 5/8 in. x 26 3/4 in. (80.33 cm x 67.95 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Mrs. Burnett Walker, La Jolla, California ( - December 22, 1975)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 22, 1975 - )

Label Copy

The son of a silversmith, Samuel van Hoogstraten was first trained by his father but after the latter’s death in 1642 entered the studio of Rembrandt. Although his earliest works bear an obvious debt to Rembrandt’s, Van Hoogstraten was a notably diverse artist, and his paintings range from portraits to history scenes to trompe l’oeil still lifes like this canvas. He was also a courtier, a leading citizen of his native Dordrecht, a poet, and the author of an important treatise on the art of painting. The many facets of his creative personality are all in evidence in this composition. As in most of van Hoogstraten’s paintings, there is a self-consciousness about the act of creation, for the relatively loose handling of the paint here would seem to be at odds with the precision that the eye-fooling technique might require. Partly thus an exercise in a theory of painting, but even more a visual game for the amusement and amazement of his audience, the Feigned Letter Rack seems to have been made during van Hoogstraten’s time at the court of Emperor Ferdinand III at Vienna.
Last Updated: 4/9/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

More Than Meets the Eye: The Art of Trompe l'Oeil Columbus Museum of Art , 12/7/1985 - 4/27/1986

Theme of the love letter in art produced in Holland from the seventeenth century to the present , 9/1/2012 - 11/1/2012

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Celeste Brusati. Artifice & Illusion: The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Page Number: x, no. 37

Celeste Brusati. Artifice & Illusion: The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Page Number: 58, 60, 62, Figure Number: 37

Celeste Brusati. Artifice & Illusion: The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Page Number: 361-362, no. 78

Celeste Brusati. Artifice & Illusion: The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Figure Number: II

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. Belvedere, Österreichische Galerie • Belvedere. Wien, Austria, 1998
Page Number: 45, 47, Figure Number: 9

Peter C. Sutton. A Guide to Dutch Art in America The Netherlands-American Amity Trust, Inc.. Washington, D.C., 1986
Page Number: 271, Figure Number: 406

Gary Apgar and Colleen Striegel. The Newspaper in Art New Media Ventures, Inc.. Spokane, Washington, 1996
Page Number: 205

Shaun O'L. Higgins, ed. The Newspaper in Art New Media Ventures, Inc.. Spokane, Washington, 1996
Page Number: 212

Gary Apgar. The Newspaper in Art New Media Ventures, Inc.. Spokane, Washington, 1996
Page Number: 9-10, Figure Number: 12

The Step-by-Step Art Course: De Agostini UK, Ltd. London, England, 2001
Page Number: 1808, Figure Number: 1808

Ms. E. Jane Connell. More Than Meets the Eye: Columbus Museum of Art. Columbus, Ohio, 1985
Page Number: 76, 88, Figure Number: 34

William Kloss. More Than Meets the Eye: Columbus Museum of Art. Columbus, Ohio, 1985
Page Number: 22

More Than Meets the Eye: Columbus Museum of Art. Columbus, Ohio, 1985
Page Number: 140

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