Our Art / Jacob Vosmaer
A painter of the Dutch Golden Age, Vosmaer (1574–1641) created work during the period in 17th century Netherlands when Dutch trade, science, military, and art were among the most acclaimed in the world. He started his career as a landscape painter but then switched to flowers, which brought him more success. He was an early if not pioneering specialist in the painting of flower pictures, which often depict rare specimens not often seen in life but known to the artists only from illustrations copied from books. Vosmaer’s still lifes showcased his skill in painting textures and surfaces in great detail and with realistic light effects, characteristic of Dutch painting of his time. Though a pioneer in the enduring practice of still lifes, Vosmaer’s works are incredibly rare — only seven paintings by the artist survive.