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Gerard van Spaendonck Tilburg 1746-1822 Paris
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Gerard van Spaendonck Tilburg 1746-1822 Paris

A study of peaches, lemons and crabapples

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Gerard van Spaendonck Tilburg 1746-1822 Paris
A study of peaches, lemons and crabapples
signed 'Van-Spendonck.' (lower right)
pencil and oil on paper
10¾ x 15 3/8 in. 27.3 x 39 cm.

Lot Essay

The spacious, informal composition, fine detailing and high degree of finish make this Study of peaches, lemons and crabapples a fascinating and rather unusual addition to Gerard van Spaendonck's oeuvre. A fine example of the artist's technical finesse, the superb rendering of the fruit further enhances van Spaendonck's reputation as a true master of botanical and fruit still-life painting, in a range of media and on any scale.

Gerard van Spaendonck was a French painter and printmaker who was appointed miniature painter to Louis XVI in 1774, and who contributed a series of botanical studies to the Vélins du Roi as a member of the Académie. His adoption of watercolor as a medium instead of the more traditional gouache was later taken up by his most famous pupil, Pierre-Joseph Redouté.

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