Bonaventura Peeters (23 July 1614 – 25 July 1652) was a Flemish Baroque painter who specialized in seascapes and shipwrecks, known as Zeekens (small seascapes).
Peeters was born in Antwerp. A brother of the seascape painters Jan Peeters I, Gillis Peeters, and Catharina Peeters, he learned to paint from his father, who became a master in Antwerp's guild of St. Luke in 1607–1608, and his earlier works are related to the tonal phase of Dutch landscape painting. Later paintings, however, reflect the stronger colors of Italianate classicism. This shift follows the general changes in artistic style at the time. Like his brother Jan, dramatic shipwrecks with dark billowy clouds, form a significant part of his oeuvre, as do serene ports and "portraits" of ships. Also, while many of Peeters's paintings reflect actual locations, and he may have even travelled along the coast of Scandinavia, his many views of far-away Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ports reflect a growing taste for the exotic and are probably inspired from fantasy and from prints. This tradition developed simultaneously in Flemish painting and in Dutch Golden Age painting, with many artists, including Peeters, working in both Antwerp and in the Dutch Republic. Peeters died in Hoboken (Antwerp), aged 38.
- ^ a b c d e f Vlieghe, pp. 198–199.
- ^ a b c d Russell, "Peeters, Bonaventura, I."
- ^ Catharina Peeters in the RKD
- ^ Bonaventuur Peeters biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature