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Isaac Soreau

1604 – Hanau – after 1638

The son of painter Daniel Soreau, Isaac was born in the little German town of Hanau. His father managed a studio where Sebastian Stosskopf (1597—1657) and Joachim von Sandart (1606 – 1688) did their apprenticeship. The Soreau family had left Tournai to join supporters of the Reformation. Alongside his brothers Pieter and John, Isaac learnt the profession by drawing inspiration from his father’s magnificent still lifes.

His paintings are characterised by his search for balance and front-facing objects, reminiscent of the style of his contemporary from Antwerp, Jacob van Hulsdonck (1582 – 1647). Gifted with a particularly developed sense of observation, Soreau transcends the objects by exalting their natural beauty. Exhibiting a rarely-equalled dexterity, his technique is exceptional, clear and of a rare sharpness. Unknown to art historians until the mid-1900s, he is now admired by connoisseurs and unquestionably ranks alongside the best Flemish still-life painters of the Golden Age.