|Original Artist||Maerten Boelema|
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(1611 Leeuwarden, The Netherlands - 1661 Haarlem, The Netherlands)
Frisian painter of still lifes. Maerten was a deaf-mute (hence his Dutch byname 'De Stomme'), who was recorded in Haarlem in 1642 where he was accepted as a pupil of Willem Claeszoon Heda. He must have been a trained painter before he came to work in Heda's studio in 1642. Boelema's dated works only span a two-year period, from 1642 until 1644. There are about twenty signed still-lifes known by the artist.