About the artist
Jan Jansz. Treck was an esteemed still-life painter during the Dutch Golden Age, born in Amsterdam in 1606 and passing away on September 25, 1652. His brother-in-law, Jan Jansz den Uyl the Elder (1595/6 - 1640), who may also have served as his teacher, greatly influenced his work. His carefully created, understated still lifes mirrored those of den Uyl and were an evolution of the style pioneered by Haarlem still-life artists, Pieter Claesz. and Willem Heda.
In the years 1643 and 1644, Treck apprenticed under Abraham Jansz for 4 guilders a week, but he neglected to pay his apprenticeship fee. He also incurred costs for a window installation to enhance his working light. His first known signed and dated piece dates back to 1641.