Yellow and White Lilies, Willem van Leen, c. 1780
At the age of twenty Willem van Leen moved to Paris, where he lived for three years. There, he frequently drew the – often exotic – blooms in the Jardin des Plantes. Upon his return he specialised in flower painting, and became an art dealer. Van Leen made studies of flowers – like these lilies, which were sent to him – into old age. He used them to compose his painted still lifes.