Floral Still Life with Shells by Balthasar van der Ast was created in 1622. The painting is in Saint Louis Art Museum. The size of the work is 33,5 x 22,2 cm and produced as an oil on copper.
Fifteen separate blossoms represent twelve different species in this still life.
About the Artist: Dutch Golden Age painter Balthasar van der Ast was born in Middelburg. Van der Ast was trained by Bosschaert as a still life painter, and his early works clearly show Bosschaert’s influence. Van der Ast accompanied the Bosschaert family in their move in 1615 to Bergen op Zoom and in 1619 to Utrecht, where van der Ast entered the Utrecht Guild of St. Luke. Roelandt Savery (1576–1639) entered the St. Luke’s guild in Utrecht at about the same time… Read more