A pair of great flower still lifes was executed ca. 1810 and due to the very close stilistic and compositional similarities was attributed to the hand of important Dutch-French still life painter on the turn of 19th century George Jacobus Johannes van Os ( 1782 The Haque - 1861 Paris). He also devoted himself to landscaping and porcelain painting.
George Jacobus Johannes van Os, son of Jans van Huysum imitative, the flower and marine painter Jan van Os (1744 – 1808) and brother of the animal painter Pieter Gerardus van Os (1776 – 1839), born on November 20, 1782 in The Hague, formed himself at his own hands and drew the most Plants and flowers to the Flora Batava by Jan Kops. 1809 he won the prize of the company Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, settled there and now began to paint in oil. Soon, almost every art exhibition saw flowers and fruit from him, which made him recognize his father as a worthy emulator Jan van Huysums. 1812 he went to Paris. There he decorated vessels of the porcelain manufactory in Sèvres with flowers and fruits and also painted birds and game birds. In 1817 he was hired in Sèvres. The French called him the Rubens of floral painting. OS has also tried with success in landscape painting, he died on July 11, 1861 in Paris.
Literature: Lexicons by Thieme/Becker, Saur, Fuchs, Shidlof, Comanducci, on-line wikipedia.org; Georgius Jacobus Johannes van Os in the Rijks Museum, Amsterdam and in Metropolitan Museum , New York.
Inscription: indistinctly remains of signature on one of two.
Technique: both - oil on canvas. Antique gilt frames.
Measurements: each unframed w 23 1/2"x h 28 3/4" (59,6 x 73,2 cm), framed w 30 1/2" x h 36 1/4" (77,5 x 92 cm).
Condition: very good.