Georg Flegel, studio of
FRUIT STILL LIFE WITH MOUSE AND STAG BEETLE
Oil on copper. 18.5 x 25 cm.
Georg Flegel was among the most renowned still life painters of the 17th century in Germany. Accordingly, his Frankfurt studio was arranged like a well organised business, with numerous changing pupils and employees (see: C. Grimm, op. cit.). The present work is likely to have been made here, as it displays a number of motifs typical of a group of Georg Flegel's small scale works: A mouse, a Chinese bowl with figs, dates, hazelnuts, walnuts, sweets and a rummer. The central work of this group is kept in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, and further similar compositions can be found in private collections (see: Ketelsen-Volkhardt op. cit., pg. 174-181).
Private collection, Belgium.
For the studio cf: C. Grimm, see: Wie eigenhändig malte Flegel? In:K. Wettengl: Gerog Flegel, Stillleben 1999, p. 225 et seq.