Abraham de Lust (Flemish artist, active mid 17th century) Flower Still Life Now an abundant everyday item, cut flowers were prized luxuries in 17th-century Europe. Only the most affluent could afford to have them in their homes or plant them in their gardens. A general growing prosperity during the course of the 17th century, however, eventually caused flower gardens to become more popular. The garden was considered an extension of the home and vice versa, with garden bouquets often decorating the home.
Abraham Mignon (Dutch Baroque Era Painter, 1640-1679) Hanging Bouquet of Flowers Introduced from Asia around 1600, the anemone, crocus, hyacinth and tulips were immensely popular in Europe. The Dutch trade in flower bulbs, tulips in particular, proved a highly lucrative business. In around 1630, at the height of ‘Tulip Mania,’ an exceptional tulip bulb could cost as much as an entire house on a Dutch canal.
Alexander Adriaenssen (Flemish Baroque Era painter, 1587-1661) Flowers in Glass Vase The average citizen simply could not afford a bouquet for home. The first flower still lifes appeared in the Netherlands during the early 1600s, as a means of meeting the demand for flowers. A painting of a flower was much less expensive than an actual bouquet and lasted generations instead of days. Many early flower still life painters were German, Dutch, and Flemish. Some trained there, then moved throughout Europe and sailed to England to supply the growing demand, as the popularity of the genre spread.
Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (Dutch Baroque Era Painter, 1573-1621) Glass with Four Tulips 1615 Flower still lifes were still in vogue during the 18th and 19th centuries, when the rise of large-scale commercial bulb-growing transformed the Netherlands into the flower nation that it remains to this day. Export of those bulbs made the flowers of these still lifes available on both sides of the Atlantic.
~ Barbara Wells ~
Balthasar van der Ast (Dutch Baroque painter, 1593-94–1657) Still Life with Flowers 1632
Cornelis de Heem (Dutch Baroque Era Painter, 1631-1695) Still Life with Birds
Elias van den Broeck (Dutch Baroque painter, 1649–1708) Vase of Flowers
Jacob Marrel (Dutch Baroque Era Painter, ca.1613-1681) Flower Study
Jan Davidsz. de Heem (Dutch Baroque painter, 1606-1683-84) Still Life
Jan Philip van Thielen (Flemish Baroque painter, 1618–1667) Still Life of Flowers
Jan van Kessel (Antwerp, 1626-idem, 1679) Still Life
Maria van Oosterwyck (Oosterwijck) (Dutch Baroque painter, 1630-1693) Flower Still Life 1669
Peter Binoit (German artist, fl 1611-1620) Flowers in a Glass Beaker 1620
Roelandt Savery (Flemish Northern Renaissance painter, 1576-1639) Flowers in a Niche 1611
Simon Verelst (Dutch Baroque Era Painter, c 1644-1721) Flowers in a Vase 1669
Willem van Aelst (Dutch artist, 1627-1683) Flower Still Life 1656
When I was a child, Monday was laundry day. Today we just toss soiled linens into the washer, no matter the hour or day of the week. But when I drive through the nearby Amish countryside, where electric appliances are not allowed, I realize that laundry has been drying on the lines & blowing in the winds for centuries, even when snow covers the ground.
Charles Rossiter (British painter, 1827-1897) Song of the Shirt – Folding the Laundry
Elin Kleopatra Danielson-Gambogi (Finnish painter, 1861-1919) A Sunny Day
Camille Pissarro (Caribbean-born French Impressionist Pointillist Painter, c 1830-1903) Family Garden
Edgar Degas (French painter, 1834–1917) Laundress Carrying Linen 1876
Camille Pissarro (Caribbean-born French Impressionist Pointillist Painter, c 1830-1903) The Laundry Woman 1898
Camille Pissarro (Caribbean-born French Impressionist Pointillist Painter, c 1830-1903) Woman Tending the Laundry 1887
Frederic Ulrich (American expatriate painter, 1858-1908) Washerwomen Seville
Camille Pissarro (Caribbean-born French Impressionist Pointillist Painter, c 1830-1903) Woman Hanging Laundry 1887
Helen Allingham (née Helen Mary Elizabeth Paterson) (English painter, 1848–1926) Hanging the the Washing
Helene Schjerfbeck (Finnish artist, 1862-1946) Drying Laundry, 1883.
Jean-François Millet (French painter, 1814–1875) Les lavandières
Pierre Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1919)
Gustave Caillebotte (French painter, 1848–1894) Laundry Drying 1892
Edgar Degas (French painter, 1834–1917) Washer Women
Thomas Liddall Armitage (1800-1900) Washing Day
Désiré François Laugée (French artist, 1823 – 1896) Le linge de la ferme
Emile Claus (Belgian artist, 1849-1924) Sunny Day 1899