Pictures Around Cromer
Flowers in a Terracotta Vase

Jan van Huysum

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase can be found outside Roost on West Street

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase

Jan van Huysum

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase can be found outside Roost on West Street

Jan van Huysum, Flowers in a Terracotta Vase 1736-7
Jan van Huysum 1682 – 1749 Flowers in a Terracotta Vase 1736-7 Oil on canvas, 133.5 x 91.5 cm Bought, 1869 © National Gallery London

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase, 1736

Jan van Huysum

Oil on canvas, 133.5 x 91.5 cm

This is no shy, hide-in-a-corner painting. It’s meant to dazzle and it does. It would have taken a long time to identify each flower and this is part of the picture’s purpose. Van Huysum is after, and achieves, excess: a celebration of nature, an entertaining puzzle and a display of wealth, culture and fashion.

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Jan van Huysum was the last of the distinguished still life painters active in the Northern Netherlands in the 17th and early 18th centuries, and an internationally celebrated artist in his lifetime. Although he specialised in flower still lifes, van Huysum also painted a few landscapes.

His early works are more concentrated in design than his elaborate later paintings, like the Gallery’s Flowers in a Terracotta Vase, with its lighter background and superabundance of detail.

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