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The still life is a composition of "motionless" objects. These can be flowers, game, fish or fruit, books or other utensils. In 17th century Dutch painting, the expression of material, the way in which the surface of the depicted was depicted, was very important. The skill with which hard and shiny glass, silk, precious porcelain, a lemon or flowers were painted determined the reputation of the painter or painter (es) until well into the 19th century. The "flower arrangement" was especially popular. Performers such as Willem van Aelst, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Roelant Savery, Rachel Ruysch and Jan van Huysum were famous and sold their work to royal collections. Their bouquets were lush, sometimes enlivened with fruit, insects or a bird's nest with eggs. The flowers depicted were largely exotic specimens that were painted from nature when the artist could find them and were otherwise taken from botanical handbooks.

In the 19th century, the Dutch flower still life initially retains its traditional form, although its moralizing content disappears. The flowers, finely worked out and in the most beautiful phase of their bloom, are carefully arranged in a vase or terracotta pot, placed on a stone plinth. Just like his predecessors, the painter searches among growers for rare and special varieties. The most famous flower nurseries were traditionally located in Haarlem and the surrounding area and it is very likely that Georgius van Os and his contemporaries gathered dust there for their still lifes of flowers combined with fruit or game. It is known, for example, that Van Os regularly stayed in Haarlem at a later age to make studies of the latest exotic flowers and plants in 'the nursery garden of Flora'.

It was not until the second half of the 19th century that attention was paid to the properties of the flowers themselves and the atmosphere they radiate. The static arrangement and detailed elaboration give way to a more natural representation: the flowers are loosely arranged or laid out on the forest floor. Faded specimens and faded or discolored leaves are also making their appearance. The most innovative still lifes came from Gerardine van de Sande Bakhuyzen, who used flowers and plants from the forest or the field instead of the peonies, roses, poppies and lilies customary until then. The younger Margaretha Roosenboom almost always chooses one flower type. Her grandfather, Andreas Schelfhout, taught her the watercolor technique, the transparency of which lends itself well to the delicate structure and color of her roses.

While Margaretha Roosenboom and Gerardina Jacoba van de Sande Bakhuyzen were still fairly traditional in their compositions, the artists around 1900, such as Floris Verster, Leo Gestel, Mondriaan and Jan Sluijters, paint still lifes in which personal expression prevails over the accurate portrayal of reality.

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Henriette Ronner | Cat at tray with jug and cup, oil on painter's board, 31.9 x 25.6 cm, signed l.r.

Henriette Ronner

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Cat at tray with jug and cup

Jan Sluijters | Still life with zinnias, oil on canvas, 72.2 x 58.7 cm, signed u.l. and painted ca. 1932

Jan Sluijters

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Still life with zinnias, ca. 1932

Felicien Bobeldijk | Blue Wisteria, oil on canvas, 100.3 x 90.3 cm, signed l.l. and verso on label

Felicien Bobeldijk

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Blue Wisteria

Jan Bogaerts | Still life with bible and a vase with straw flowers, oil on canvas, 35.3 x 40.8 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1942

Jan Bogaerts

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Still life with bible and a vase with straw flowers, 1942

Adriaan van 't Hoff | Still life with cactus in a pot, a glass bowl and tomatoes, oil on canvas, 56.7 x 75.8 cm

Adriaan van 't Hoff

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Still life with cactus in a pot, a glass bowl and tomatoes

Jan Eversen | Still life with cherries in basket, jug and peaches, oil on canvas, 40.8 x 61.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1973

Jan Eversen

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Still life with cherries in basket, jug and peaches, 1973

Jan Eversen | Still life with a glass of port and blue cheese, oil on canvas, 41.0 x 51.0 cm, signed l.l. and datet 1958

Jan Eversen

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Still life with a glass of port and blue cheese, 1958

Paul Jean Louis Gervais | Stillife with books and lamp, oil on panel, 10.1 x 14.3 cm, signed l.r.

Paul Jean Louis Gervais

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Stillife with books and lamp

Toon Kelder | Still life with hydrangea by a window, oil on canvas, 110.5 x 90.6 cm, signed l.l. and dated '25

Toon Kelder

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Still life with hydrangea by a window, 1925

Dirk Filarski | Still life with daisies and sunflowers, oil on canvas, 60.2 x 50.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1934

Dirk Filarski

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Still life with daisies and sunflowers, 1934

Walter Vaes | Fish on a tin plate, oil on canvas, 40.1 x 45.1 cm, signed l.r.

Walter Vaes

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Fish on a tin plate

Georg Rueter | Peaches in white bowl, oil on canvas, 28.0 x 32.2 cm, signed u.r. and dated '60

Georg Rueter

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Peaches in white bowl, 1960

Edgar Fobert | Still life with bread, butter and eggs, oil on canvas, 50.2 x 60.5 cm, signed l.r.

Edgar Fobert

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Still life with bread, butter and eggs

Aristide Goffinon | Breakfast still life, oil on canvas, 45.3 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r.

Aristide Goffinon

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Breakfast still life

Jan Schellekens | Still life of pharmacy instruments, oil on canvas, 25.0 x 25.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated April 1944

Jan Schellekens

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Still life of pharmacy instruments, 1944

Chris van der Windt | Still life with a sliced loaf, oil on painter's board, 21.4 x 31.6 cm, signed l.l.

Chris van der Windt

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Still life with a sliced loaf

Theo Goedvriend | Still life of mushrooms, oil on board, 45.0 x 62.5 cm, signed l.r.

Theo Goedvriend

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Still life of mushrooms

Evert Pieters | A mother's bliss, oil on canvas, 121.5 x 161.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '24

Evert Pieters

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A mother's bliss

Jan Altink | Anemones, oil on canvas, 40.0 x 30.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated '40

Jan Altink

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Anemones, 1940

Antoine Vollon | Still life with tangerines and an Imari lidded vase, oil on panel, 26.6 x 35.1 cm, signed l.l.

Antoine Vollon

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Still life with tangerines and an Imari lidded vase

Gerardine van de Sande Bakhuyzen | Autumn wreath, watercolour on paper, 49.3 x 34.3 cm, signed l.r.

Gerardine van de Sande Bakhuyzen

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Autumn wreath

Jan Zoetelief Tromp | Hellebores in a glass vase, oil on canvas, 30.4 x 40.2 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Zoetelief Tromp

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Hellebores in a glass vase

Johannes Evert Akkeringa | Sprey roses in a white vase, oil on canvas, 45.8 x 29.2 cm, signed l.r.

Johannes Evert Akkeringa

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Sprey roses in a white vase

Henryk Gotlib | Fruit in two bowls, oil on canvas, 76.3 x 63.7 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1962

Henryk Gotlib

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Fruit in two bowls

Raphaël de Buck | Flowers in a white vase, oil on board, 84.0 x 63.2 cm, signed l.r.

Raphaël de Buck

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Flowers in a white vase

Margaretha Roosenboom | Pink roses in a stoneware vase, watercolour on paper, 65.0 x 43.4 cm, signed l.r.

Margaretha Roosenboom

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Pink roses in a stoneware vase

Jakob Nieweg | Yellow tulips, oil on canvas, 45.2 x 35.4 cm, signed l.r. with monogram and dated 1947

Jakob Nieweg

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Yellow tulips, 1947

Dirk Smorenberg | Anemones in a Vase, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 70.2 cm, signed l.r.

Dirk Smorenberg

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Anemones in a Vase


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