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Still Life with Flowers and Butterflies

Signed and dated 1686

RCIN 405626

The new genre of floral still-life painting developed in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century to cater to a new market of middle-class buyers with horticultural interests. This example by Maria van Oosterwyck, a successful flower painter from Nootdorp near Delft, combines a mix of wild and cultivated flowers, including the pink Provins Rose and its striped relative Rosa Mundi.

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