"Miraculous Bouquets - Flower and Fruit Paintings by Jan Van Huysum" by . Woollett

Miraculous Bouquets - Flower and Fruit Paintings by Jan Van Huysum . Woollett

Getty Publications -
Paperback / softback
Publication date:
15 Sep 2011
Getty Publications
48 pages: 159 x 123 x 7mm

Precisely rendered to dazzle the eye with their botanical accuracy, the sumptuous arrays of fruit and flowers by Dutch painter Jan van Huysum (1682-1749) were among the most avidly collected paintings of the 18th century. The arrangements were painstakingly executed over many months and commanded exceptionally high prices from collectors throughout Europe. This delightful little book explores two of Van Huysum's most important still-life paintings, "Vase of Flowers" and "Fruit Piece", showing how his inimitable technique resulted in an illusion that continues to captivate us today. The book's sumptuous plates reveal the artist's highly nuanced palette, and his exuberant, asymmetrical arrangements reflect emerging rococo rhythms.

Anne T. Woollett is curator in the Department of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum.