Jan van Os (Dutch, 1744-1808), Still Life with Fruit, 1769. Oil on canvas. Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh.
Jan van Os comes toward the end of a long Netherlandish tradition of still-life painting. By vs Os's lifetime, still-life paintings were generally opulent confections created for the dining rooms of wealthy merchants. The fantastic compositions combined flowers and fruits that were not in season at the same time and were rendered based on meticulous sketches. Van Os is known for his gorgeous sense of color and the crisp realism that is a hallmark of much Dutch art.