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Breakfast Piece

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This panel is a masterpiece from Pieter Claesz' monochrome period. The soft light and finely tuned colour palette in this balanced composition produces an atmosphere of calm. With its great simplicity, with only a single glass of beer, a knife, a herring, a bread and the cracked shell of a single hazelnut, this panel sings the praises of 'our daily bread'.

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Title Breakfast Piece
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 49 cm
Height 36 cm
Artists Painter: Pieter Claesz.
Accession number 1122 (OK)
Credits Purchased 1883
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1883
Creation date in 1636
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Lievelingen (2024)
Research Show research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Pieter Claesz.

Berchem 1597/1598 - Haarlem 1660/1661

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...

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