Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, Jan van Os, c. 1775 - c. 1800
Jan van Os’ great model was the Amsterdam painter Jan van Huysum, who was active some forty years earlier. Unlike him, Van Os composed his still lifes with a light area in the middle. This watercolour was intended for sale to a collector as a fully fledged work of art. It is much too elaborate to be a preparatory drawing for a painting.