Carrots portrayed in fine art in the 17th century

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Carrots in Fine Art Works - 17th Century

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For the Netherlands, the seventeenth century was a period of remarkable prosperity and artistic output— a true Golden Age. Amongst the many genres of paintings of this time the Vegetable (and in particular the carrot) was one consistent image. The image usually appears in a vegetable market or street scene which serves as a lesson on Dutch economic and social identity.

The vegetables in paintings of this period may indicate Dutch national and local pride in horticultural innovation: intense cultivation and seasonal crop rotation had teased maximum production from the country’s sparse land. The development of new crops such as the Hoorn carrot named after the town of Hoorn near Amsterdam, brought the Dutch international recognition through global seed trade. Source - Catalogue - Paintings in the Golden Age - A Profile of the seventeenth century, Washington Gallery of Fine Art

Horensche wortelen (carrots of Hoorn) were common on the Amsterdam market in 1610. The earliest English seedsmen list Early Horn and Long Orange, and both were probably the first varieties of carrot imported into the United States. (Source - United States. Department of Agriculture. Descriptions of Types of Principal American Varieties of Orange-fleshed Carrots. By Roy Magruder. Vol. 361. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Agriculture, 1940. Print.full copy here)

The Hoorn carrot was cultivated around 1620 for its smooth taste, deep orange colour, and ability to thrive in shallow earth or in mixtures of soil and manure.

Carrots and other root vegetables, such as onions, turnips, parsnips, and beets, were prized in the first half of the seventeenth century not only because they kept over the long winter but also because they were considered plain and humble, in line with the Dutch value of moderation.

Gabriel Metsu's Vegetable Market at Amsterdam circa 1661-1662 (below) accurately rendered vegetables and shows the vegetable vendors and their goods prominently positioned in the foreground, depicted to reflect a recent Dutch horticultural innovation – including the development of the orange carrot. The market was close to where the artist lived. (Images below Vegetable Market in Amsterdam, Gabriel Metsu, 1661-2 Oil on canvas, 97 x 81,3 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris)

Gabriel Metsu's Vegetable Market at Amsterdam circa 1661-1662 Gabriel Metsu's Vegetable Market at Amsterdam circa 1661-1662 close up

Close up

Examples of Carrots appearing in art in the seventeenth century.

 

Right - Frans Snyders Completion, c.1600 oil on canvas, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe; Detail:

snyders detail carrot 1600

 

Frans Snyders 1600 carrot art

Abraham Bloemaert 1605

Abraham Bloemaert 1605 carrot art

 

Detail

Abraham Bloemaert 1605 carrot art - detail

 

Sir Nathaniel Bacon (1585‑1627) Cook maid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit circa 1620-5 Oil on canvas 1510 x 2475 mm Tate Collection

nathaniel bacon yellow carrots 1620

 

Hendrick Martensz Sorgh (1609-70) A Vegetable market Oil on Panel

sorgh vegetable market

 

Pieter Cornelisz van Rijck Still life with two figures, 1622, oil on canvas, North Carolina Museum of art - detail below

P C Cornelisz carrots art

P C Cornelisz carrots art - detail

 

Kitchen Interior - Thomas Wyck (Dutch, ca. 1616-1677) oil on canvas; Walters Art Museum Baltimore detail below

thomas wyck kitchen interior 1600's

Kitchen Interior - Thomas Wyck (Dutch, ca. 1616-1677)

 

 

Juan Sanchez Cotan, Still Life with Game Fowl, Vegetables and Fruits, Oil on canvas Prado, Museum,Madrid,1602 Juan Sanchez Cotan, Still Life with Game Fowl, Vegetables and Fruits 1602

 

Juan Sanchez Cotan, Still-life c. 1600 Oil on canvas Hernani Collection, Madrid

Juan Sanchez Cotan, Still-life c. 1600

 

Joachim Wtewael Woman Selling Vegetables,c.1618 H116.5 x W160 cm, Oil on canvas, Centraal Museum, Utrecht

J Wtewael Woman selling Vegetables 1618 carrots

Detail

Herring Seller and Boy, Gerrit Dou (1613 – 1675) ca. 1664, oil on panel, 43.5 x 34.5 cm Herring Seller Gerrit Dou carrots

Detail of Herring Seller

Also known as "Fishwife"

Herring Seller Gerrit Dou carrots

 

Joachim Wtewael 1605 Kitchen Scene oil on canvas, 65 x 98 cm Staatliche Museen, Berlin (detail below)

Kitchen Scene Joachim Wtewael

 

Peasant Family sitting at Table – Norbert van Bloemen1670-1746 detail below

Peasant Family sitting at Table – Norbert van Bloemen

 

The Tailor  (detail right)

the tailor quirijn gerritsz 1658

 

c. 1658 Quirijn Gerritsz. van Brekelenkam, Dutch (active Leiden), c. 1620 - 1668

Oil on panel - 56.8 x 82.2 cm

the tailor quirijn gerritsz 1658

 

A Woman and a Maid in a barn Govert Camphuysen, Dutch - 1672 Oil on panel  (35.2 x 41.3 cm)

A Woman and a Maid in a barn Govert Camphuysen, Dutch - 1672

 

Detail

A Woman and a Maid in a barn Govert Camphuysen, Dutch - 1672

Kitchen Still Life – M.B. 1637 (artist unknown)

carrot in art mb 1637

 

Detail

 

 

Der Groenmarkt - The Vegetable Market -1662 H M. Sorgh Oil on Panel, h 51cm × b 71cm  Rijskmuseum, Amsterdam.

M Sorgh Vegetable Market 1662 colored carrots

Detail

 

 

 

A personification of winter, Artus wolfaerts (1581-1641).

 

Still Life With Fruit And Vegetables, With Christ At Emmaus In The Background - Floris Floris van Schooten, c. 1630 (1575 1651) oil on canvas, 113cm x 200 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (Floris Claesz. van Dijck (rejected attribution)

Floris Van Schotten carrots

Floris van Schotten carrots

 

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