Jan van Huysum

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Still life, 18th century.

Jan van Huysum (Amsterdam, 1682 - Amsterdam, 1749) was a Dutch painter known for his still lifes of flowers and fruits. He studied with his father, Justus van Huysum the elder (1659-1716), also a flower painter. There are approximately 250 still lifes by Van Huysum known today. [1]

He specialized in exquisitely detailed, dramatically composed paintings of lavish flower arrangements. The precision and delicacy of his work were widely esteemed during his lifetime. His use of colour was especially fine, and he was one of the first artists to use a light-coloured background for his still lifes. [2]

Bouquet of Flowers in an Urn, 1724.
Still-Life of Flowers, 1734.

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