Pieter Claesz was born in Berchem, near Antwerp. In 1617 he married in Haarlem and would live and work there for the rest of his life. In his early work, Claesz used striking colours in his still lifes. Later he would primarily make use of muted greens, greys and browns. Claesz was a master in depicting materials and light reflections. His composition became increasingly exuberant, but the objects depicted would still hardly overlap each other.
Berchem 1597/1598 - Haarlem 1660/1661