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Jan van Os started his career as a seascape and landscape painter, following in the manner of Jan van de Capelle and Willem II van de Velde. However he is better known for his portrayal of fruit and floral still lifes. He acquired an international reputation for his still lifes; his work was valued highly in England where he exhibited at the Society of Arts, London from 1773 to 1791, and in France and Germany. Van Os’ work is well represented in international museums, for example; Fruit, flowers and a fish, 1772 and Fruit and flowers in a terracotta vase, 1777-78, are in the collection of the National Gallery, London.
Van Os’s asymmetrically composed pyramidal still lifes are often set on a marble or stone ledge, against a pale green landscape background (for example; Flowers and Fruit at the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague) and echo the style of Jan van Huysum (1682-1749). The Colnaghi picture is a fine example of his work, exquisitely executed with attention to every small detail, such as the small beads of water on the leaves. With their crowded compositions, lighter colours and light backgrounds, van Os’ paintings allude to classical architecture and garden settings and reflect eighteenth-century taste.
We are grateful to Fred Meijer of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Domentatie, The Hague for confirming the attribution, based on photographs.
|Height||42.00 cm||(16.54 inches)|
|Width||34.60 cm||(13.62 inches)|