Pieter van den Bosch
Still life painter
(active ca. 1613 - ca. 1663)
Bosch's place and date of birth are unknown, however in April 1649 he is recorded as being about thirty-four years of age and in October 1650 he is referred to as 37. He is first mentioned in January 1645 in Amsterdam, when he contracted to paint for twelve months for the collector Marten Kretzer at 1,200 guilders a year, the subjects of the pictures to be specified by Kretzer. He was living in Amsterdam in 1649 and 1650 and is mentioned as the owner of a house there in 1660. In December 1663, a 'Pieter van den Bosch', a painter, was said to be living in London.
Most typical of Van den Bosch's work are his genre subjects, interiors, peasant companies, and still-lifes. In his kitchen scenes there is usually a maid busy inthe background and a still-life display of utensils and metal and earthenware vessels. The golden tonality is reminiscient of the early kitchen pictures of Willem Kalf, or Frans Ryckhals' still-life paintings of vessels. His genre pictures show the influence of Gerrit Dou and Pieter van Slingeland, and much of his work has been ascribed to these artists. It is characterized by somewhat hard blues and whites and a strong gray contrasing with orange. His later work was influenced by the Maes group, but the chiaroscuro is less marked.
Some information from Getty's Union List of Artist Names ® (ULAN)