Still life oil on canvas depicting a farmer who collects fruit
Still life oil on canvas depicting a farmer who collects fruit
Still life oil on canvas depicting a farmer who collects fruit
Still life oil on canvas depicting a farmer who collects fruit
Still life oil on canvas depicting a farmer who collects fruit
Still life oil on canvas depicting a farmer who collects fruit
Still life oil on canvas depicting a farmer who collects fruit
Still life oil on canvas depicting a farmer who collects fruit
Still life oil on canvas depicting a farmer who collects fruit

Still life oil on canvas depicting a farmer who collects fruit

17th century Lucca Italy

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Painting oil on canvas with dimensions of 104 x 143 cm without frame and 133 x 172 cm with frame depicting a man, presumably a fruit collector peasant, with a still life of fruit of the painter Pietro Paolini (Lucca 1603 x 1681).

Pietro Paolini's activity as a painter of still lifes has long been considered to be of great importance for the spread of this genre in Lucca, his homeland, where he is considered the creator.

Perhaps his name is not among the best known, but Pietro Paolini was one of the most important (indeed, perhaps the most important along with Orazio Gentileschi) of the Tuscan caravaggeschi: born in 1603, formed in Rome under the guidance of Angelo Caroselli but being able to see closely the works of Caravaggio and his followers (above all Bartolomeo Manfredi), Pietro Paolini was able to return to Lucca around 1631, after a further stay in Venice, with a wealth of experience (including the Bolognese classicism and the results of Venetian painting) that allowed him to bring to the homeland all the novelties of painting that had developed in Rome a few years before.

Able to paint works as intimate as spectacular works in addition to genre scenes, he founded in the forties an Academy (which placed a major brake on his activity, as he devoted himself above all to teaching) from which came out several painters.

The works of Pietro Paolini were mostly genre scenes, group convivial portraits and portraits of individuals but also religious themes and above all still lifes. In the naturalness of the subjects, in carving them almost in theatrical way and in the use of light, Caravaggio's influence is strongly evident.

At the end of the twenties he went to Venice (1628) to learn the Venetian art but this study could not be prolonged more than a year since in 1629 his father died in Lucca and he was forced to return, waiting for him he found the two sisters unmarried who lived to enter the monastery and the sick mother. A year later his mother died due to pestilence.

This marks the permanent permanence of the artist in the city, first his career was marked by the service as an artist for aristocratic families and the church then founded the Academy of Natural (1652) devoting himself less to painting and more to teaching (among his students remember Simone del Tintore, Antonio Franchi and Girolamo Scaglia). Pietro Paolini died in 1681 in Lucca.

The composition is very harmonious and wisely dosed in colors, of great quality especially in the form while the scene here represented falls undoubtedly in the theme par excellence of the paintings of that period or in the so-called painting of Still Life

This painting unfolds along a path well known to our painter; we can notice the compositional scheme with horizontal progress and connoted from the spatial point of view by a character on the left that presence the work; this character establishes a direct relationship with the spectator, whose attention he catches by fixing it with penetrating, allusive eyes showing almost ostentatiously his crop and the large fruit-filled basket. Clearly power implies an allegorical meaning centered on the transience of human things, beautiful to be seen but inanimate and however destined to disappear quickly.

The Paolini's autograph on this painting can not be questioned because the character represented here re-proposes the physiognomic peculiarities typical of his characters characterized by prominent cheekbones that highlight an almost oval face and long-cut eyes, small and fleshy mouths .

On the other hand, by observing the fruit and anallising the way of spreading the color, with a rather dense mixture, the search for naturalistic light effects, their warm colors, derived from Venice, seem perfectly in tune with the rest of the canvas and especially with the art of our great painter.

Looking at the various baskets of fruit, we can admire the creative exuberance typical of the Baroque, so much so that the fruits emerge from the containers with a truly harmonic grace and a disorderly arrogance, as the vine shoots that stand on them are disordered.
Thanks to his quick and compendiary painting in which his compositions become complex, then they are no longer mere representations of still lifes but thanks to the representation of characters become real genre scenes.

Another characteristic of the prince of Paolini is undoubtedly the representation of the features of the protagonist's face from the marked features highlighted by skilled swords of light that reveal their popular origins and their bravado in offering the public the merchandise.
The painter who has not forgotten his work as a portraitist is careful to grasp every detail that can guarantee the absolute neutrality of the representation.

The qualitative excellence of Paolini and his still lifes and the fundamental role he played in the evolution of this genre are a precious weapon to understand the art and evolution of one of the greatest Italian artists of the 1600s.

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Mr. Riccardo Moneghini
Old master Paintings Expert - Court Expert
Excellent state of conservation
Lucca, private collection
Height 104.00 cm (40.94 inches)
Width 143.00 cm (56.30 inches)
External Height 133.00 cm (52.36 inches)
External Width 172.00 cm (67.72 inches)
Stock Code
oil on canvas
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