Vase of Flowers

Object Details

Title:

Vase of Flowers

Artist/Maker:

Jan van Huysum (Dutch, 1682 - 1749)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1722

Medium:

Oil on panel

Dimensions:

80.3 × 61 cm (31 5/8 × 24 in.)

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The Dutch fascination with nature is described in a riotous display of beautiful and exotic flowers. Arranged in a terracotta vase displaying an antique relief, Jan van Huysum included flowers from all seasons of the year--roses, anemones, hyacinths, tulips, and more--and painted them directly from life. The flowers' nearly overripe quality attests both to nature's bounty and its transience. The bouquet is ordered in a loose pyramidal shape, with flowers and greenery almost bursting to be free of the vase. Butterflies and other insects fly or crawl amongst the arrangement, and drops of water are visible on leafs and shiny petals.

Van Huysum painstakingly applied layer upon layer of thin oil glazes to capture the brilliant colors and delicate textures of the blossoms. Because each flower could only be painted while in season, it sometimes took the artist several years to complete a single painting.

Provenance
1800

Jan Jansz. Gildemeester, Sold, Amsterdam, 1800; bought by Pieter van Winter thorugh his agent, Jan Yver
Source: Priem 1997, p. 118.

possibly in 1800-1807

Pieter van Winter, 1745 - 1807 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), by inheritance to his daughter, Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter, 1807. The painting remained in his Amsterdam house, De Saxenburg, after his death.

1807 - 1815

Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter, 1793 - 1877 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), upon her marriage, collection combined with that of her husband, Willem van Loon, 1815.

1815 - 1847

Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter, 1793 - 1877

1815 - 1847

and Willem van Loon, 1794 - 1847 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), retained by Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter upon his death, 1847.

1847 - 1877

Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter, 1793 - 1877 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), by inheritance to her nine children, 1877.

1877

Heirs of Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter, 1793 - 1877 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), sold to a consortium of (Mayer) Alphonse de Rothschild, Gustave (Samuel James) de Rothschild, Edmond James de Rothschild, Ferdinand (James Anselm) de Rothschild, and Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1877.

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Baron (Mayer) Alphonse de Rothschild, 1827 - 1905

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and Baron Gustave (Samuel James) Salomon de Rothschild, 1829 - 1911 (Paris, France)

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and Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, Austrian, 1845 - 1934

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and Baron Ferdinand (James Anselm) de Rothschild, 1839 - 1898

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and Baron Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1808 - 1879, distributed, possibly by lottery, to Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1877.

1877 - by 1879

Baron Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1808 - 1879, probably by gift to his son, Alfred (Charles) de Rothschild, by 1879.

by 1879 - 1918

Alfred (Charles) de Rothschild, 1842 - 1918 (Halton, Hertfordshire, England), by inheritance to his nephew, Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1918.

1918 - 1942

Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1882 - 1942 (Gunnersbury Park, Middlesex, England), by inheritance to his eldest son, Edmund (Leopold) de Rothschild, 1942.

1942 - 1982

Edmund (Leopold) de Rothschild, English, 1916 - 2009 (Exbury House, Hampshire, England), sold through Patricia Wengraf Ltd., (London, England) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1982.

Exhibitions
Dutch Pictures 1450 - 1750 (1952 to 1953) (566 and 568; lent by Edmund Rothschild)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1952 to 1953
Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen (November 13, 2001 to February 3, 2002) (51)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles)
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