Carter Still Lifes at the Getty
|Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, Bouquet of Flowers on a Ledge, 1619|
LACMA has lent two more European paintings to the Getty Museum during construction of its new permanent collection building. Both are first-rate Dutch still lifes from the collection of Edward and Hannah Carter: Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder's Bouquet of Flowers on a Ledge and Adriaen Coorte's Still Life with Strawberries in a Wan-Li Bowl. The Bosschaert, painted on copper, is the still life innovator's most important work in a US museum, rivaled only by a similar composition of roses in a niche at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
The Coorte was the first to be "rediscovered" by 20th-century scholars, leading to a revival of the artist's reputation. It predates by 57 years Chardin's famous still life of strawberries, now the subject of an export battle between the Kimbell Art Museum and the Louvre.