Huysum, Jan van
Dutch painter, known for his oil paintings of flowers. Born in Amsterdam, van Huysum was the son of Justus van Huysum, who also specialized in flower paintings. Jan van Huysum painted both in oil and watercolor. His oils are characterized by elaborate composition, lavish detail, and his innovative use of a light background.
Jan van Huysum painted a few landscapes, but achieved an international reputation in his lifetime with his flower paintings. He insisted on observing details from life, sometimes delaying completion of a work until a particular flower had come back into season. Jan van Huysum worked throughout his life in Amsterdam.
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