Oil on canvas, 72 x 82 cm
by Pierre van Boucle - Flemish painter (b. ca. 1610, Antwerpen, d. 1673, Paris)
Pieter van Boucle settled in Paris where he established his reputation as a gifted still-life painter. The present painting represents a still-life of peaches, plums, grapes and pears in a basket, together with a parrot and a squirrel, all resting on a ledge draped with a carpet. In this painting he combines a still life of fruit in a basket, which draws inspiration from his northern counterparts Snyders and Adrian van Utrecht, whilst the carpet is a motif more typical of his French contemporary Jacques Hupin.