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Still Life with Game, Vegetables, Fruit, and a Cockatoo

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Still Life with Game, Vegetables, Fruit, and a Cockatoo


Adriaen van Utrecht (Flemish, 1599 - 1652)






Oil on canvas

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120 × 250.5 cm (47 1/4 × 98 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

On the back of a chair a white cockatoo perches, greedily eyeing the fruit--cherries, figs, grapes, peaches, and pears--that is piled below. Suspended from a metal game crown are birds and a hare; below, more game birds are placed haphazardly on the table. Closer to the viewer, artichokes, cabbages, a watermelon, and vegetable squash are thrown carelessly upon a dark tablecloth. In this abundant display of foodstuffs, Adriaen van Utrecht took great care in juxtaposing different surfaces: translucent grape skins, fruit rinds, bird feathers, rabbit fur, thorny artichoke leaves, and rich velvet cloth.

Behind the still life, a window opens to an outside view. No figures are shown, but signs of human presence are everywhere; the gastronomical display on the table describes nature as tamed by man.

by 1899

Charles Sedelmeyer, 1837 - 1925 (Paris, France)
Source: 1899 Sedelmeyer catalogue.

by 1903 - 1905

Rodolphe Kann, died 1905 (Paris, France), by inheritance to Edouard Kann, Betty (Kann) Schnaffer, Jacob Emden, Mathilde (Kann) Emden, Martin Bromberg, Eleanore (Kann) Bromberg, Edmond Bickard See,and Madeline (Kann) Bickard See, 1905.
Source: Marguillier article in Les Arts (1903).

1905 - 1907

Maurice Moritz Edouard Kann, German, 1839 - 1906 (Paris, France) and Betty (Kann) Schnaffer (Frankfurt, Germany) and Jacob Emden (Hamburg, Germany) and Mathilde (Kann) Emden (Hamburg, Germany) and Martin Bromberg (Hamburg, Germany) and Eleanore (Kann) Bromberg (Hamburg, Germany) and Edmond Bickard See (Paris, France) and Madeline (Kann) Bickard See (Paris, France), sold to Duveen Brothers, Inc.

1907 - 1911

Duveen Brothers, Inc. (Paris, France; London, England; New York, New York), sold to Baron Albert von Schrenck-Notzing, 1911.
Source: GRI, Duveen Brothers records, series I.C, box 115 [stock book #1, Kann collection, pp. 3, 36, 54, 66, no. 30], box 117 [Paris ledger #1, Kann collection, p. 95], box 118 [sales book #1, Kann collection, p. 155].

1911 -

Albert, Baron von Schrenck-Notzing, 1862 - 1929 (Munich, Germany; Paris, France)


Galerie Bernheim Jeune (Paris, France)
Source: sticker on back of painting.

- 1969

Julius Böhler Gallery (Munich, Germany; Lucerne, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1969.

100 Paintings by Old Masters (1899)
  • Sedelmeyer Gallery (Paris), 1899

Illustrated Catalogue of the Fifth Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters of the Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French, and English Schools, Being a Portion of the Sedelmeyer Gallery [...], exh. cat. (Paris: Sedelmeyer, 1899), pp. 68-69, no. 58, ill.

Marguillier, Auguste. "La Collection de M. Rodolphe Kann." Les Arts, no. 13 (January 1903), p. 8; no. 15 (March 1903), p. 7, ill. (collection installation shot).

Catalogue of the Rodolphe Kann Collection. Vol. 1, Pictures (Paris: Charles Sedelmeyr, 1907), pp. xiv-xv, 31, no. 30, ill.

Greindl, Edith. Les peintres flamands de nature morte au XVIIe siècle (Brussels: Elsevier, 1956), p. 191.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972), p. 74, no. 89, ill.

Greindl, Edith. Les peintres flamands de nature morte au XVIIe siècle. Rev. ed. (Sterrebeek: Editions d'art Michel Lefebvre, 1983), p. 385, no. 45.

Sullivan, Scott A. The Dutch Gamepiece (Totowa and Montclair, NJ: Allanheld & Schram; Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 1984), pp. 19, 85n18, fig. 32.

Sullivan, Scott A. "Adriaen van Utrecht." In The Dictionary of Art. Jane Turner, ed. Vol. 31 (New York and London: Macmillan Publishers Limited, 1996), vol. 31, p. 772.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 127, ill.

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The Subject and Objects of Still Life

In this lesson students learn about and discuss the objects commonly found in still life paintings.

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