7 July 2000
François Habert (active mid-17th Century)
Stephanotis, primroses, snowdrops and other flowers in a blue and white Chinese bowl with a Red Admiral and a white cabbage butterfly on a ledge
signed 'F. HABERT. F.' (lower right)
oil on panel
10¾ x 14¼ in. (27.3 x 36.2 cm.)
in a carved and gilded Louis XIV frame
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M. Faré, Le grand siècle de la nature morte en France, le XVIIe siècle, Fribourg, 1974, p. 271, illustrated.
Paris, Musée Petit Palais, Peintres de Fleurs en France 17e-19e Siècles, 19 May-2 September 1979, no. 13.
Little is known about the life of the artist. His oeuvre consists of a small number of signed still lifes, in which fish often feature prominently, that reveal a debt both to the Parisian realité still life painters and to their northern antecedents such as Jan Fyt and Jan Davidsz. de Heem. Of all his known pictures, this delicate panel probably relates most closely with works by the former confraternity of painters.
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