LINARD, Jacques
(b. ca. 1600, Paris, d. 1645, Paris)

Basket of Flowers

Oil on canvas, 48 x 60,5 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Linard painted both fruit and flower pieces. His Basket of Flowers in the Louvre shows how relatively unskilled he was, compared to the Netherlandish contemporaries (especially the earlier generation that included Roelandt Savery and Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder). Linard could draw with precision, and presumedly followed the Netherlandish method of making very precise drawings of individual flowers from nature, but was unable to place the whole in a convincing ensemble. Such achievements in French painting came only much later in the century, with Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer.