Clara Peeters is the best-known female Flemish artist of her era (1607 -21). For what is known about her background she was established between Antwerp and Amsterdam. Peeters mainly produced still-life paintings and her focus on spreads of daily used items, such as trinkets and foods, depicted Nederlandish and Flemish culture of the time. The style of her work, in particular, is called ‘vanitas’. Dripping in symbolism.
Symbolic artwork has been used for centuries to portray the transience of life and the unavoidable nature of death. Memento mori, anyone?? Vanitas still-lifes were particularly prevalent in The Netherlands during the 16th & 17th centuries and would often depict symbols of wealth alongside symbols which represented mortality.
What makes Peeters work interesting is the fact that what you see, in her 31 known, signed works, as just pretzels, cheeses, knives, and timepieces being splayed about actually has much deeper meaning. Deeper than whatever is “shellaced” on these paintings to preserve them.
We’ve selected Peeters work, ‘self-portrait’, c. 1618, for our discussion on T I M E. This is portrayal is literally her and her vanity, for her cosmetics and such as she wished to depict. Reimagined as her pondering her time of menstruation against lunar and parallel timelines that currently resemble ours but with an old-school period tracker. Peeters still-lifes were the normcore selfies of this generation.
Artists either rise to a level of their contemporaries or they are ahead of their time.
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