Alexander Coosemans

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Still life with lobster and bread, ca. 1660. Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim
Still life with lobster

Alart, or Alexander Coosemans (name variations: Allicksander Cosmans and Alexander Cosmans) (1627, Antwerp –1689, Antwerp) was a Flemish Baroque painter.


Very little is known about the life of Coosemans. He was a pupil of Jan Davidsz de Heem, the leading still life painter in the Netherlands, in 1641. He became a master in the Guild of St. Luke of Antwerp in 1645.[1] He was in Rome between 1649 and 1651. He returned to Antwerp in 1651.[1]


He painted flowers, fruit, and inanimate subjects. Fruit subjects by him are in the Augsburg Gallery and the Belvedere in Vienna. In the Madrid Gallery there is a fruit-piece attributed to a J. D. Cooseman, and in the Bordeaux Museum, a fruit-piece ascribed to a N. Coosman. He was followed by Hendrik Schoock.[1]


This article incorporates text from the article "COOSEMANS, Alart" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.