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 Balthasar Van Der Ast  (1593/94 - 1656)

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Lived/Active: Netherlands      Known for: floral, shell, insects and fruit still life painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Balthasar Ast
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Birth
1593/94 (Middelburg, Zeeland, Holland)
 
Death
1656 (Delft, Holland)

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Netherlands

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floral, shell, insects and fruit still life painting

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Balthasar van der Ast (1593/94–1657) was a Dutch Golden Age* painter who specialized in still lifes of flowers and fruit, as well as painting a number of remarkable shell still lifes; he is considered to be a pioneer in the genre of shell painting. His still lifes often contain insects and lizards. He was born in Middelburg and died at Delft.

His lifetime of works was once summarized by an Amsterdam doctor who said, "In flowers, shells and lizards, beautiful".

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