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Ambrosius
Boshart Elder

Netherlands 
1573−1621
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Flemish painter of the Golden age of Dutch painting. Primarily known for his floral still lifes, executed in rich colors.

Boshart his career began in Antwerp in 1588. With 1593 1613 for years he worked in Middelburg, then in Utrecht (1616) and in Breda.

Boshart is among the first artists adopting floral still life as an independent genre in Dutch art. The accuracy of the image and the harmony of colors allow to put the work of Bochart on a par with his contemporary Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Ambrosius the Elder Bosshart, like most Dutch and Flemish artists, were not universal, he specialized in still lifes with flowers. Just behind the delicate charm of flowers offers a vague and huge world. Flowers was believed to the artist, we can consider: they are small, bright and beautiful. But the world beyond is infinite. He is on the other side, in all senses of the word. Bosshart takes it as a challenge to unconquered nature. He put on the window sill shells, put the flowers in a vase, shimmering sculptures. Here, everything - and architectural framing, and items on the windowsill, and do bright colors — draws attention to itself. The artist has managed to put in a picture of the huge reserves of emotion; he's looking at and describing fragile create, like going to outsmart time. In his painting "Vase with flowers" (circa 1618, Mauritshuis Museum, the Hague) is present although hidden, but intentional pathos. Bosshart shows the flowers in all their splendor, with an emphasis on the highest flower. However, all the plants soon wither a few leaves are already eaten insects, and below are a few fallen blossoms. Will remain unchanged, only the shell itself is vase - they will survive the multicolored beauty of the flowers. Everything here is not as it seems at first glance. Sophisticated splendor of seashells associated with death is the empty tomb of sea creatures, and once they had a life, which is personified in the images of flies, dragonflies and caterpillars. In addition, quite a little push to the vase fell out of the window. Bosshart constantly reminds us that everything in the material world is mortal. In his work "Flowers in a glass vase" (1614, national gallery, London) the bouquet consists of simple flowers that are not in a vase, and a glass of wine. As in the famous "Vase with flowers", Bosshart gives us here to understand that the magical nature of the colors as organically to the eye, like wine. Creeping in the foreground, the fly also carries a hint: only a tiny and devoid of sentient beings can turn back such a delicious sight of a bouquet of flowers.

Bosshart his career began in Antwerp in 1588. With 1593 1613 for years he worked in Middelburg, then in Utrecht (1616) and in Breda. Bosshart is among the first artists adopting floral still life as an independent genre in Dutch art. The accuracy of the image and the harmony of colors allow to put the work of Bossart on a par with his contemporary Jan Brueghel the Elder. In the paintings of Bosshart next to the bouquets of flowers often depicts butterflies or seashells. In many cases, the flowers are touched by the fading, which introduces the paintings of Bosshart allegorical motif of the transience of life (Vanitas). Art direction is the Ambrosia of Bosshart continued to develop his three sons — boshart Ambrosius the Younger, Abraham Bosshart and Johannes Bosshart, as well as his son-in-law Balthasar van der AST. Their works, generally very numerous, always in demand at art auctions.

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