Jan van Os (1744 - 1808): Still Life with Fruit and

Jan van Os (1744 - 1808): Still Life with Fruit and

5/31/2021, 11:18:48 AM
Jan van Os (1744 - 1808): Still Life with Fruit and Flowers, together with Oysters, Mussels, Smoked Herring, a glass of Wine and a Decanter, oil on canvas, 47.2 x 34.7 cm. (18 5/8 x 13 5/8 in.) Jan van Os was the leading Dutch still life painter in the second half of the18th century. He studied with Aert Schouman in The Hague and was an independent master there by 1773. Though he also painted landscapes and seascapes, van Os was famed for his opulent and minutely observed fruit and flower still lifes in the tradition of his countryman Jan van Huysum (1682-1749). In this example, van Os has typically set his still life arrangement on a stone ledge beyond which can be seen a pale, green landscape. This work is unusual in that, in addition to the usual flowers and fruit, van Os has included an array of sumptuous foods, including oysters, mussels and smoked herrings, together with a decanter and glass of wine. 🖐️🙋🖐️ close-ups are in my story 👆☝️

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