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Pieter Venne

 (1615 - 1657)
Pieter Venne is known for Floral still life painting.

Pieter Venne

Biography from Sotheby's Amsterdam

Pieter van de Venne was born in Middelburg.  In 1625 he moved to The Hague where he studied under his father, the well-known painter of landscapes and genre scenes Adriaen Pietersz. van Venne, and where he would remain for the rest of his life.  In 1639 he joined the Saint Luke's Guild in The Hague and in 1656 he became one of the co-founders of the Confrerie Pictura.  Although in a 1681 Amsterdam inventory a piece with turnips by Van de Venne is mentioned .(.1.)., he mainly painted well-composed flower pieces and the small number of his works known to date is of consistently high quality.

The lavish flower piece was formerly attributed to Maria van Oosterwijck, but was correctly reattributed to Pieter Adriaensz. van de Venne by Fred G. Meijer of the R.K.D., The Hague.  Significantly, it was not until recently that this painting was restored into its original design: both the niche, which adds to the spatial depth of the composition, and the delicate and meticulously detailed sea shells on the right have reappeared, demonstrating the artist's profound understanding of different materials and textures.   The simple spherical glass vase was evidently a favorite motif of the artist, as it appears on most of his extant flower pieces.

1. See A. van der Willigen and F.G. Meijer, .A Dictionary of Dutch and Flemish Still-life Painters Working in Oils, 1525-1725, Leiden 2003, p. 202.

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About  Pieter Venne

Born:  1615 - Middelburg
Died:   1657 - The Hague
Known for:  Floral still life painting