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Masters collection – Georgius

Georgius Johannes Jacobus van Os (1782 – 1861) was born into a well known painting family. Both his parents and siblings were respected in Dutch art circles for their realistically rendered still lives. Van Os began his career in The Netherlands, was awarded the Order of the Netherland Lion for services to art, before settling in Paris and joining a porcelain factory as his main source of income. Ironic that his works can now fetch millions! Revered for his landscapes, van Os was ever better appreciated for his exuberant and exacting flower paintings.

This fabric design is based on his painting “Still Life with Flowers in a Greek Vase” – 1660.

Van Os was one of a handful of painters now grouped as artists of The Dutch Golden Age, a period in the history of the Netherlands, roughly spanning the 17th century, in which Dutch trade, science, military and art were among the most acclaimed in the world.

Dutch Golden Age painting was baroque in general style and popularised still life and landscape painting. A growing wealthy merchant class drove art sales and the diminishing Church patronage influenced the move from religiously themed to secular paintings of everyday life. This art emphasised the relative abundance of the time by depicting a diversity of objects, fruits, flowers and dead game, often together with living people and animals.

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