Maria van Oosterwyck<br/>
<em>Still life with flowers and butterflies</em> 1668<br/>
Oil on canvas <br/>
87.6 X 75.8cm   <br/>
Purchased with funds donated by Dodge Bequest, Margaret Bland, Joy Anderson, Tim Fairfax AC & Gina Fairfax AC, The Betsy & Ollie Polasek Endowment, Michael Heine Family Foundation, Suzanne Kirkham, Carol Sisson, E. & D. Rogowski Foundation, and donors to the 2022 NGV Foundation Annual Dinner and 2022 NGV Annual Appeal, 2022<br/>

Leadership Gifts

Dodge Bequest
Margaret Bland
Joy Anderson
Tim Fairfax AC & Gina Fairfax AC
The Betsy & Ollie Polasek Endowment
Michael Heine Family Foundation
Suzanne Kirkham
Carol Sisson
E. & D. Rogowski Foundation
2022 NGV Foundation Annual Dinner Donors
2022 NGV Annual Appeal Donors

About the Artist

Wallerant Vaillant <br/>
<em>Maria van Oosterwijck (1630-93). Flower painter</em> 1671 <br/>
oil on canvas  <br/>
96cm &times; 78cm <br/>
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam<br/>

Wallerant Vaillant
Maria van Oosterwijck (1630-93). Flower painter 1671.
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Maria van Oosterwyck was the first successful woman still life painter of the seventeenth century. Born near Delft in 1630, van Oosterwyck studied with artist Jan Davidsz de Heem before moving to Amsterdam in 1666. Her talent was recognised almost immediately, and her early patrons included Prince Cosimo III de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, King Louis XIV of France and Emperor Leopold I.

As a female artist working at this time, van Oosterwyck had to overcome many obstacles to succeed. When barred from entry to the Dutch Guild because of her gender, she employed an art dealer to sell her work, which was a radical act for a woman at the time.

Of her approximately thirty known works in existence, Still life with flowers and butterflies, 1668 is one of the largest in scale and one of the most striking. Her compositions are extremely complex in the arrangement of all elements, and she took great care to achieve synchronicity.

Van Oosterwyck worked with great precision and enjoyed studying and drawing flowers in the Hortus Botanicas in Amsterdam, one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the world. As a result, there are over 20 different species of flowers and foliage represented in this painting as well as a beautiful Admiral Butterfly. Every motif stands out while contributing seamlessly to the overall harmony of the work.

Never married, Maria van Oosterwyck died at the home of her sister’s son, in the coastal town of Uitdam in December 1693.

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