Soon to be admired: Clara Peeters at the Mauritshuis

The Mauritshuis Museum The Hague, likes to claim it offers wonderful new temporary exhibitions. Perhaps, if you read my blog posts during 2016, the name Clara Peeters jogs your memory? The Mauritshuis recently announced their spring temporary exhibition, which will open next month, focuses on still-lives including those by Clara Peeters.

The Mauritshuis has selected 22 still-live paintings, some of which were part of recent exhibitions. If you read my post “Dining with Clara Peeters”, you are aware this exhibition could be admired in Antwerp, in its beautiful Rockox House Museum. As mentioned in my post, the Rockox House is a period home once owned by one of Antwerp’s mayors called Nicolaas Rockox. He was a friend of and helped such artists as Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck.

I visited the fabulous Clara Peeters exhibition there, last summer. As described in my ensuing post, her paintings are exquisite. The reflections of her in glass or silverware on the tables in her still lives … The cheeses, the bread, the fruit: everything is so life-like and seems so real, some visitors are tempted to reach out and pick a pretzel.

As I wrote in my July post: an exhibition best visited on a full stomach, as “dining” with Clara “is a mouth-watering experience“. Or as a Dutch Volkskrant journalist, after visiting this exhibition at the Prado Museum, wrote in her article published in October 2016: “Qué hambre! On entering the Clara Peeters exhibition, a female visitor has a mouth-watering experience.” For the exhibition moved from Antwerp to the Prado museum in Madrid.

But to return to the realistic still-lives by Clara Peeters: when you visit the Mauritshuis in The Hague between the 9th of March and 25th of June 2017 for their “Slow Food – still lives from the Golden Age” exhibition, do not complain you have not been warned! You get hungry viewing the still-lives – that’s your problem!

Visited the exhibition in Antwerp or Madrid? The Mauritshuis Press Office informed me it differs slightly from the exhibitions in Antwerp and Madrid. The Mauritshuis exhibition will consist of about 22 paintings. These consists of the Mauritshuis own Clara Peeters (see below), all her work now owned by the Museo Nacional del Prado, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Washington’s National Gallery of Art and Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Apart from works by Clara, there will also be works exhibited by contemporaries – as at Antwerp’s delightful Rockox House Museum.

If this makes you wonder if you should visit the Mauritshuis: its main collection as well as this temporary exhibition remain a must-see-experience. Clara Peeters’ paintings alone are of such a high and impressive quality, a second or third or fourth viewing will still bowl you over.

The Mauritshuis will offer special food-related activities during this exhibition. Their website contains information about these.

Mauritshuis The Hague: Slow food – still lives from the Golden Age will open to visitors 9th of March 2017 and run till 25th of June


Still life by Clara Peeters to be exhibited at the Mauritshuis The Hague



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