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Title Flowers
Collection Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Artist Attributed to manner of Os, Jan van (Dutch painter and poet, 1744-1808)
Date Earliest about 1760
Date Latest about 1780
Description Jan van Os was a pupil of Aart Schouman at The Hague. He specialised in still-life including flowers and fruit with birds, insects and bird's nests. Jan van Os was successful during his lifetime, and his work was particularly popular in England so it is not unusual to find his paintings in English public collections. The vibrant reds of this composition are very typical for van Os, whose style is generally characterized by clean crisp colours and lines with very little modulation of light and shade. His style is principally derived from his predecessor in this genre, Jan Van Huysum (1682-1749), although van Os tended to work in a lighter key.
Current Accession Number 1929.348
Subject still life (flowers)
Measurements 70 x 56 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. H. Bell 1929.
Notes The central configuration of the large pink and white flower with the stem of small white flowers above appears in a more elaborate work by van Os, Flowers in a Vase (1765, collection of Mrs W. Tegelberg, Holland). This work appears dark in comparison to many of Van Os's other works, but this may be primarily due to its current condition. 'From 1773 onwards he sent paintings annually to London for exhibition at the Society of Artists until the closure of the Society in 1791. Examples of his work then entered many great English collections. In common with most still-life painters Van Os relied on his watercolour drawings as a repertoire from which he could copy when a particular fruit or flower was out of season, therefore relying on a basic selection of motifs from which he repeated with only slight variations. The quality of his work is not uniformly high, but in general the best results are usually achieved when working on wood panel, rather than canvas and a distinction is easily seen between his finest works and lesser. Not many of his paintings are dated and therefore an attempt at a chronology of his work is unrewarding.' Information from Mitchell, P., Jan van Os: 1744-1808, Leigh-on-Sea, 1968, p.11-13
Rights Owner Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, Sefton M.B.C. Leisure Services
Author Lisa Howard



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