Balthasar van der Ast

(b. c. 1594)

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(b Middelburg, c.1594; bur. Delft, 19 Dec. 1657).

Dutch still-life painter, the brother-in-law of Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, with whom he trained in Middelburg. He worked in Utrecht (where he influenced the early work of Jan Davidsz. de Heem) before settling in Delft in 1632. His touch was less exquisite than Bosschaert's, but his range was wider, his paintings often including fruit and shells as well as flowers.

Subjects: Art.

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