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Still-Life with Apple Blossoms by Balthasar van der Ast, 1635

100% hand painted with oils on canvas after museum original
Item No. OP006
Period: 1635

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Oil Painting: Still-Life with Apple Blossoms by Balthasar van der Ast, 1635. Location: Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Size of the original painting: 9″ x 15″ (22 cm x 39 cm)Balthasar van der Ast (b. 1593-94, Middelburg; d. 1657, Delft) was a Dutch painter. Van der Ast specialized in still lifes of flowers and fruit, as well as painting a number of remarkable shell still lifes; he is considered to be a pioneer in the genre of shell painting. His still lifes often contain insects and lizards. Balthasar van der Ast was born in the Southern Dutch province of Zeeland, in the family of a prosperous wool merchant. His birth was not recorded, but years later, on June 30, 1618, his older brother Jacob’s legal action indicated that Balthasar was around 25 years old at the time, making his birth date 1593 or 1594. His father, Hans, was a widower, and when he died in 1609, Bathasar moved in with his older sister, Maria, and his brother in law, prominent Dutch painter Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (1573-1621), whom Maria married in 1604. Van der Ast was trained by Bosschaer as a still life painter, and his early works clearly show Bosschaert’s influence. In turn, the three sons of Ambrosius Bosschaert (Ambrosius the Younger (1609-1645), Johannes (ca. 1612/13-1628 or later), and Abraham (1606-1683/84) were trained by van der Ast upon the death of their father. Together, this group of painters is sometimes referred to as the “Bosschaert dynasty”. Van der Ast accompanied the Bosschaert family in their move in 1615 to Bergen op Zoom and in 1619 to Utrecht, where van der Ast entered the St. Luke’s guild. Roelandt Savery (1576-1639) entered the St. Luke’s guild in Utrecht at about the same time. Savery, had considerable influence on van der Ast in the years to come, especially in van der Ast’s interest in tonality. It is also likely that Jan Davidsz de Heem (1606-1683/84) was van der Ast’s pupil in Utrecht. Van der Ast remained in Utrecht until 1632, when he moved to Delft and joined the guild of St Luke on 22 June 1633. On February 26, 1633 he married Margrieta Jans van Buijeren. They had two children, Maria and Helena. In Delft, van der Ast and family lived in the house on Cellebroerstraat until 1640, and in the house in Oude Delft until his death in 1657, when he was buried in the Oude Kerk.

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