Georgius Jacobus Johannes VAN OS (The Hague, 1782 - Paris, 1861)
Fruits, flowers and gray partridge
Oil on canvas
Signed lower center
50 x 40 cm
Georgius Jacobus Johannes van Os (The Hague, 1782 - Paris, 1861) was a student of his father Jan van OS (1744-1808), who was a painter of still lifes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Georgius had for elders: a brother Pieter Gerardus van OS (1776-1839) and a sister Maria Margaretha van OS (1779-1862) both artists, Pieter known for his landscapes and animal paintings and Maria for his still lifes.
Georgius was honored with an honorable mention in 1809 in the annual competition of the Amsterdam Artists Society Felix MERITIS for a still life - a watercolor, a field in which he also excelled, in addition to oil painting, lithography and pastel.
Georgius really began his career in the workshop his father held in The Hague between 1773 until his death in 1808. It was after this event that he left for Amsterdam and then began to work. traveling in 1812 between the Netherlands and Paris where he finally settled in 1826. He also exhibited twice at the Salon de Paris, in 1812 (according to the catalog, several watercolors of fruit and several paintings of flowers ) and 1814 (several paintings of flowers and fruits). Once in the French capital, Georgius worked for the Manufacture de Sèvres, while continuing to produce works (oils, gouaches, pastels and lithographs) for his French and Dutch clients. This did not prevent him from exhibiting his works in the Netherlands, or for example the Queen of Holland bought him three paintings in 1843.
In his time, Georgius van Os was considered a true master of still life painting with a prolific production and quality recognized for his sense of detail and its very accomplished finishes. His subjects of predilection were almost exclusively - with the exception of a few landscapes for the Manufacture de Sèvres - on floral compositions, fruits and game birds, often in combination, like our painting. We can actually see - among other things - a bunch of grapes, an apple, chestnuts, strawberries, a branch of forget-me-nots, carnations, a dahlia and a poppy, all decorated with a gray partridge as a trophy.
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