Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Vanitas Still Life

Artist:
Edwaert Collier (Dutch, Breda ca. 1640?–after 1707 London or Leiden)
Date:
1662
Medium:
Oil on wood
Dimensions:
37 x 44 1/8 in. (94 x 112.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1871
Accession Number:
71.19
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and dated (left, on book): ·EC· [monogram] / 1662; inscribed: (lower left, on ring) E·K; (lower left, on book) Almanach . . .; (center, on bookmark) VANITAS; (lower center, on print) IACOB. CATZ. RIDDER RAED / PENSION. VAN. H. M. HEEREN. / STATEN. VAN. HOLLANT. CVRAT. (Jacob Cats, grand pensionary of their majesties the lords of the States of Holland); (right, on book) DE DERDE ENDE / VIERDE DECAS DER SER. / MOONEN HENRCHI BVLLINGE / . . . / DAT TWEEDE DEEL / JESVS. / DESE·IS MYN LIEVE SONE / in den welcken mijn ziele te / vrede is. Hoort hem.Mat (The third and fourth decades of the sermons of Heinrich Bullinger . . . Volume Two. Jesus. This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Mat[thew 17:5])
?by descent to Martin Comte Cornet de Ways Ruart, Brussels (until d. 1870); [Étienne Le Roy, Brussels, through Léon Gauchez, Paris, until 1870, as by Caesar van Everdingen; sold to Blodgett]; William T. Blodgett, Paris and New York (1870–71; sold half share to Johnston); William T. Blodgett, New York, and John Taylor Johnston, New York (1871; sold to MMA)
Hartford, Conn. Wadsworth Atheneum. "The Painters of Still Life," January 25–February 15, 1938, no. 12.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Junior Museum. "The Age of Discovery," October 1, 1957–June 30, 1958, no catalogue?

New York. Union League Club. "Exhibition from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 23, 1969–January 2, 1970, checklist no. 7.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 2007–January 6, 2008, no catalogue.

Louis Decamps. "Un musée transatlantique (2e article)." Gazette des beaux-arts, 2nd ser., 5 (May 1872), p. 437, cites the work as "une remarquable 'Vanitas'" by Caesar van Everdingen.

F[ritz von]. Harck. "Berichte und Mittheilungen aus Sammlungen und Museen, über staatliche Kunstpflege und Restaurationen, neue Funde: Aus amerikanischen Galerien." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 11 (1888), pp. 76–77, notes that the picture is called a Van Everdingen but instead suggests Collier's authorship based on the monogram.

E. W. Moes in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. Ed. Ulrich Thieme. Vol. 7, Leipzig, 1912, p. 263, calls it Collier's earliest dated work.

Alphonsus Petrus Antonius Vorenkamp. Bijdrage tot de Geschiedenis van het hollandsch Stilleven in de zeventiende Eeuw. PhD diss., Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden. Leiden, 1933, p. 108, as the artist's earliest known work, dated 1662.

E. de Jongh in Still-Life in the Age of Rembrandt. Exh. cat., Auckland City Art Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand, 1982, pp. 201, 203 n. 15, under no. 40, dates a vanitas still life painting in the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, to Collier's early period, based on comparison with the MMA's picture and others.

Laurens J. Bol. Holländische Maler des 17. Jahrhunderts nahe de grossen Meistern: Landschaften und Stilleben. 2nd ed. Munich, 1982, p. 354, as the earliest known dated work by Collier.

Ann Jensen Adams. Dutch and Flemish Paintings from New York Private Collections. Exh. cat., National Academy of Design. New York, 1988, p. 45, under no. 13, refers to the MMA's picture in order to date a painting by Collier in a private collection.

Erika Gemar-Koeltzsch. Luca Bild-Lexikon: Holländische Stillebenmaler im 17. Jahrhundert. Ed. Klaus Ertz and Christa Nitze-Ertz. Lingen, Germany, 1995, vol. 2, p. 256, no. 80/2, ill.

Maarten Wurfbain in The Dictionary of Art. Ed. Jane Turner. Vol. 7, New York, 1996, p. 568.

F.G. Meijer in Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. Ed. Gunter Meissner. Vol. 20, Munich, 1998, p. 300.

Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 197, 203, 245, appendix 1A no. 65, ill.

Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 131–32, no. 29, colorpl. 29.

Important Old Master Paintings: Part I. Sotheby's, New York. January 31, 2013, p. 192, under no. 68, mentions it in connection with two other vanitas still lifes by Collier dated 1662: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (inv. no. SK-A-3471), and no. 68.

Old Master & British Paintings. Christie's, London. December 9, 2015, p. 60, under no. 149.



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