About the Artist
Jan van Huysum's (1659–1716) lasting fame centers on his exuberant arrangements and tehnical virtuosity, which he derived from the examples of Jan Davidsz de Heem and Willem van Aelst. Following De Heem’s lead, Van Huysum organized his bouquets with sweeping rhythms that draw the eye in circular patterns throughout the composition and included flowers that do not bloom at the same time. Van Aelst’s work showed Van Huysum the advantages of massing brightly lit flowers in order to focus the dynamically swirling rhythms underlying his compositions. But more than any other artist before or after, Van Huysum was able to capture the dynamic energy of a profuse array of flowers and fruit.
This print of Jan van Huysum's Still Lide with Flowers and Fruit (c.1715) is part of our Masterworks collection of reproductions, specially created using the Gallery's finest quality digital imaging.
In this superb example of Van Huysum's exuberant arrangements, the bouquet fills the entire panel. Flowers overflowing their terra-cotta vase and peaches and grapes spilling over the foreground ledge create a sense of opulent abundance. Woven in and out of the densely packed bouquet of peonies, roses, carnations, and auriculae are the rhythmically flowing stems and blossoms of tulips, veronica, tuberoses, and hops. The artist masterfully integrated insects into his bouquet and suggested the translucence of dewdrops on petals and leaves. He often illuminated blossoms situated at the back of his bouquets and silhouetted darker foreground leaves and tendrils against them.
- 9.44 x 7.25 inches (print), 11 x 14 inches (matted)
- Matted, ready to frame
- Archival, premium matte paper (acid-free, lignin-free)
- Archival pigment inks