Fruit, Flowers and a Fish

The fluid, asymmetrical arrangement of the still life elements in this lush display reflect the influence of Jan van Huysum, as does the light-coloured background, with its classical statuary and formal garden setting. The lighter palette and the classical elements within Van Os’s painting were well matched to 18th-century taste in interior decoration. Among the fruit are grapes, melons, peaches, plums, a pineapple, and a pomegranate; the principal flowers are roses and hollyhocks.

Key facts

Artist dates
1744 - 1808
Full title
Fruit, Flowers and a Fish
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on mahogany
72.2 x 56.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by George Holt of Liverpool, 1892
Inventory number
Location in Gallery