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Master of Haarlem Still Life

Instead of redefining a genre, Claesz created a new one with his magnetic still lifes—a constant in a changing world.

In 17th-century Holland, Pieter Claesz invented a new genre within the burgeoning category of Dutch still lifes called breakfast, or tabletop, pieces, said Paul Richard in The Washington Post. Still Life With Roemer, Tazza, and Watch (1636), for example, shows a lemon rind on a tabletop, placed near a green-glass goblet, a knife, olives, and walnuts. Claesz (1596/97

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