Like most Protestants, Claesz. moved from Antwerp to Haarlem, where he worked in the vicinity of Floris van Dyck (1575-1651) and the Mathams, a family of engravers. Claesz. innovated the ontbijtjes
(more modest breakfast), that were already being painted there, by introducing a more realistic view, enhancing the use of perspective.3
His later works can be recognised by the striking simplicity and monochromatic colours.4
He married twice and had three children, one of whom was Nicolaes Berchem (1620-1683), a famous Italianate landscape painter.5
Claesz. died in 1660 and was buried in the Nieuwe Kerk in Haarlem.
1. The Rijksmuseum, “Pieter Claesz.,” accessed September 9, 2020, https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/artists/pieter-claesz.
2. Martina Brunner-Bulst, in private correspondence, 2014.
3. Encyclopaedia Britannica, “Pieter Claesz.,” last modified 2008, accessed September 8, 2020, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pieter-Claesz.
4. Brunner-Bulst, in private correspondence.
5. Encyclopaedia Britannica, “Pieter Claesz.”