Adriaen van Utrecht
A master of still lifes, the flemish painter Adriaen van Utrecht (1599-1652) painted pantry scenes, fish markets, and numerous varieties of fruits, vegetables, and game birds. His scenes typically illustrated a gluttonous bounty of edible delights that overflow from the table onto the floor. Van Utrecht is known to have collaborated with other artists, who hired him to fill in the still life portions of their canvases. Van Utrecht worked for some time as an apprentice before visiting France, Italy, and Germany. His use of light and of Baroque devices, such as a window in the background or a draped curtain, may reflect the influence of his travels to Italy.