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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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Peeter Sion | Vanitas still life with skull, hourglass, pipe and soap bubbles, oil on canvas, 57.0 x 44.8 cm, signed l.r.

Peeter Sion

painting • for sale

Vanitas still life with skull, hourglass, pipe and soap bubbles

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

painting • for sale

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

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Autumn wreath

Jacobus Marinus van Bommel | Indian Cress in a ginger pot, oil on panel, 22.3 x 44.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1918

Jacobus Marinus van Bommel

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Indian Cress in a ginger pot, 1918

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

Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa

painting • for sale

Sprey roses in a white vase

Lucie van Dam van Isselt | Red lillies, oil on panel, 40.2 x 30.1 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1930

Lucie van Dam van Isselt

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Red lillies, ca. 1930

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

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

Margaretha Roosenboom

watercolour • drawing • for sale

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

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul | Nature Morte aux Raisins, oil on canvas, 54.0 x 65.0 cm, signed l.r. with initials and painted ca. 1960

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul

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Nature Morte aux Raisins, ca. 1960

Piet van Wijngaerdt | Chrysanthemum, oil on canvas, 80.0 x 68.2 cm, signed u.r.

Piet van Wijngaerdt

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Chrysanthemum

Jan Voerman jr. | Wild flowers, oil on canvas, 62.8 x 38.6 cm, signed l.r. with monogram

Jan Voerman jr.

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Wild flowers

Jan Strube | Still life with a tin jar, a lemon and tomatoes, oil on panel, 31.1 x 40.8 cm, signed u.r. and dated '53

Jan Strube

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Still life with a tin jar, a lemon and tomatoes, 1953

Joh. H. Kaemmerer | Spring flowers, oil on canvas, 30.3 x 40.2 cm, signed l.r.

Joh. H. Kaemmerer

painting • for sale

Spring flowers

Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa | Petunias, oil on canvas, 33.8 x 44.0 cm, signed l.r.

Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa

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Petunias

Corrie Pabst | Vanitas still life, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 40.2 cm, signed l.r.

Corrie Pabst

painting • for sale

Vanitas still life

Coba Surie | Still life of painting supplies, oil on canvas, 50.1 x 60.0 cm, signed l.l.

Coba Surie

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Still life of painting supplies

Arjen Galema | Yellow rose, oil on canvas, 25.3 x 29.6 cm, signed l.r.

Arjen Galema

painting • for sale

Yellow rose

Adolphe Monticelli | Roses, oil on canvas, 21.3 x 16.1 cm, signed l.r.

Adolphe Monticelli

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Roses

Jan van Os | Still life with flowers, fruit and a bird's nest on a marble plinth, oil on canvas, 84.1 x 65.3 cm, signed l.l.

Jan van Os

painting • for sale

Still life with flowers, fruit and a bird's nest on a marble plinth

Jan Voerman jr. | A pewter bowl with mushrooms, oil on canvas laid down on board, 19.2 x 24.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated '68

Jan Voerman jr.

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A pewter bowl with mushrooms, 1968

Gerrit Willem Dijsselhof | Sea anemones, oil on canvas, 15.4 x 24.0 cm, signed l.r. with monogram

Gerrit Willem Dijsselhof

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Sea anemones

Chris van der Windt | Chrysanthemums, oil on canvas, 43.4 x 42.0 cm, signed l.l.

Chris van der Windt

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Chrysanthemums

Jakob Nieweg | Flowers in a glass vase, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 30.4 cm, signed l.r. with monogram and dated 1943

Jakob Nieweg

painting • for sale

Flowers in a glass vase, 1943

Frans Everbag | White tulips in a glass vase, oil on canvas, 23.5 x 33.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated '26

Frans Everbag

painting • for sale

White tulips in a glass vase, 1926

Evert Moll | Poppies and daisies in a white vase, oil on canvas, 76.0 x 70.2 cm, signed l.l.

Evert Moll

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Poppies and daisies in a white vase

Margaretha Roosenboom | Roses on a forest floor, oil on panel, 45.4 x 37.3 cm, signed l.r.

Margaretha Roosenboom

painting • for sale

Roses on a forest floor


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