About the artist
Over time, his style evolved from a focused design seen in his early works to more intricate and elaborate compositions, with his piece "Flowers in a Terracotta Vase" being a prime example of the later style with its light backdrop and surplus of detail.
Born and raised in Amsterdam, his art training came from his father, a still life painter himself, with his first recorded work dating back to 1706. To draw inspiration for his flower paintings, van Huysum frequently visited horticultural hotspots like Haarlem to sketch rare and exotic flowers.
In his lifetime, his work fetched prices of up to 2,000 guilders and attracted the likes of the Duc d’Orléans, William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, and Sir Robert Walpole amongst his patrons.
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