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Jan Frans van
Dael was born in Antwerp in 1764. At the age of twelve, he began
studying architecture at the Antwerp Academy. In 1786 he moved to Paris,
where he initially worked as a decorative painter. He quickly gained
renown as a painter of portraits, interiors and religious subjects
before he devoted himself primarily to the representation of floral and
fruit still lifes.
From 1791 van Dael regularly exhibited his work in
the Parisian Salons and was honored with numerous awards, his
sough-after works achieved the highest prices. He was popular with the
French ruler and a protégé of the Empresses Josephine and Marie-Louise.
For the wife of Napoleon, he created two large paintings 'L' Offrande à
Flore' and 'Le Tombeau de Julie'.
From 1796 he had a studio in the
Louvre where he made the acquaintance of fellow still life painters
Pierre Joseph Redouté and Gerard van Spaendonck. Works of the artist are
held in various prestigious collections, including the Musée du Louvre
in Paris, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and in Fitzwilliam Museum in
Cambridge. He died in 1840.
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