Coenraet Roepel: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Coenraet Roepel (1678, The Hague – 1748, The Hague), was an 18th-century fruit and flower yet life painter from the Northern Netherlands.

According to Jan van Gool he was an avaricious gardener and his love of flowers made him become a pupil of Constantijn Netscher in view of that that he could paint the flowers and other plants in his garden. He travelled to Düsseldorf in 1716 and acknowledged a gold chain and medal from Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine for his work. He had high hopes of painting more for the elector, but his patron died the thesame year, so Coenraet returned to the Netherlands. On his return, he became a aficionado of the Confrerie Pictura in 1718 and was very well-off in The Hague, receiving as much as 1,000 guilders for a work, but was innovative eclipsed by the flower painter Jan van Huysum.

According to the RKD he was trained in the Confrerie in the years 1698-1699 and first became a member there in 1711. His pupil was Pieter Terwesten.

The Lazaro Galdiano Museum in Madrid owns a couple of Still lifes, one gone fruits and the other a Vase past Flowers, from Roepel.

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