Jan Van Huysum Netherlands
4-15-1682 Amsterdam, NED – 2-8-1749 Amsterdam, NEDBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Jan van Huysum, though skilled as a painter of still life, believed himself to possess the genius of a landscape painter.
Unlike most Dutch still life painters, Jan van Huysum insisted on working from life and close study of his subjects. He once wrote to a patron to explain that her oil painting would be delayed a year because, he could not find a real yellow rose, so he could not finish the painting.
Jan van Huysum amassed quickly gained an international reputation as a leading painter of realistic still lifes. The habit to add flowers from different seasons in a bouquet together, points out that he does not simply copied what he saw before him, but his paintings built up from carefully crafted studies. He intended to instruct as well as delight. While viewers could contemplate the transience of flowers, their beauty was also a call to faith, as he pointed out by inscribing this Bible verse on a flower jar: "Consider the lilies of the field, Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." His father, Justus the Elder, was a flower and landscape oil painter and he had three artist brothers: Justus the Younger, Michiel and Jacob, who worked in England and imitated Jan's style.
Jan van Huysum led a very secluded life and his fear of everyone plagiarism him including his brothers, so he denied access to his studio. Margaret Haverman was probably was his only pupil, but her work seems to have made him so jealous that she had to leave the studio.
No public museum has finer and more numerous oil paintings of Jan van Huysum than The Louvre, which boasts four landscapes and six still life oil paintings.
Art Movement: Rococo
Influences: Justus van Huysum
Influenced: Margaretha Haverman, Justus the Younger, Michiel and Jacob van Huysum, Johannes de Bosch, Johannes Roedig, Jan van Os