PICART, Jean Michel
(b. ca. 1600, Antwerpen, d. 1682, Paris)
Flowers in Vase on Ledge-
Oil on copper. 50 x 40 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Troyes
Jean-Michel Picart was a painter of still-lifes, flowers and landscapes but also an art-dealer. He always wanted sculpted and gilded frames around his flower compositions. His style is characterized by cold light, isolated flowers and a severe construction of the flower arrangement on two different levels: a first level close to the vase with a concentration of flowers, the second level more 'airy' with isolated flowers far from the centre.