Jan van Huysum


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(b Amsterdam, 15 Apr. 1682; d Amsterdam, 7/8 Feb. 1749).

Dutch painter, with Rachel Ruysch the most distinguished flower painter of his day. He had a European reputation and was much imitated, his light colours and intricate, flamboyant compositions becoming characteristic of 18th-century Dutch flower painting. Occasionally he painted subjects other than flowers—mainly landscapes, although there is also a self-portrait in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He was a pupil of his father, Justusvan Huysumthe Elder (1659–1716), and he had three painter brothers: Justusthe Younger (c.1684–1707), Michiel (d. 1759), and Jacob (c.1687–1740). Father and sons were all flower painters, apart from Justus the Younger, who specialized in battle scenes.

Subjects: Art.

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