Floris van Schooten

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Floris van Schooten, Still Life, Frans Hals Museum, 1640

Floris Gerritsz van Schooten (between 1585 and 1588 – buried 14 November 1656)[1] was a Dutch Golden Age still life painter.


According to the RKD, van Schooten was the son of Gerrit Jacbsz van Schooten, member of a leading Catholic family of Amsterdam, who lived in Haarlem in 1612.[1] During that period, many Catholic families left Amsterdam where the Protestants had the upper hand in local government, for Haarlem, where the climate for Catholicism was more tolerant. The young Van Schooten became a member of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke and married the daughter of a leading beer brewer there, Rycklant Bol van Zanen. Together they had 3 daughters and a son Johannes, who also became a painter.[1]


Fruit stall, Royal Castle, Warsaw.

Abraham Bredius attributed the works of the monogrammist "F.v.S" or "FVS" to this painter in 1918.[1] He primarily painted kitchen and market scenes.[2] His works show the influence of his contemporaries in the Haarlem guild, Floris van Dyck, Pieter Claesz., and Roelof Koets.[1] His work also shows familiarity with the work of the painter Pieter Aertsen, who was renowned in van Schooten's time for both his religious altarpieces and lush still lifes.[1]

Van Schooten became the dean of the Guild of Saint Luke in 1639. He was prolific, and many of works can be found in museums such as the Louvre.[3] He influenced Jacob Samuel Beck, François Garnier, Hans van Sant, and the Monogrammist "VS.Z".[1]

Van Schooten died in 1656 in Haarlem.


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