Georgius Jacobus Johannes van Os
THE LIFE AND WORK OF GEORGIUS VAN OS, 1782 - 1861
The life of Georgius van Os
Georgius was born in The Hague on 20n November 1782, the son of Jan van Os, painter and poet, and Susanna de la Croix, daughter of Pieter Frederik de la Croix, also a painter. Georgius is the younger brother of Pieter Gerardus van Os, painter, and Maria Margaretha van Os, painter of fruit and flowers. Georgius too was taught the art of painting by his father. The Van Os family is a large family of painters in which Georgius excels.
The work of Georgius van Os
Georgius is best known for his flower paintings, like his father, but he also had a mastery of landscape painting. In the book by Jan Kops called 'Flora Batava', Georgius provided the elaborate illustrations, which taught him to paint in even more detail.
In 1809 Georgius van Os received the first prize of the Felix Meritis society in Amsterdam and in 1812 he received a gold medal at the Salon de Paris. Until 1816 Georgius stayed in Paris and then in Amsterdam. In 1822, Georgius settled permanently in Paris and started working at a porcelain factory in Sèvres. Georgius also works there together with Sauvage. In the summers, Georgius usually stayed in Haarlem. When Georgius exhibits in The Hague in 1843, the queen buys three flower paintings from him. In those days, Georgius already received considerable sums for his works of art.
Georgius was a member of the Academy of Visual Arts in Amsterdam and a Knight of the Leopold Order and of the Dutch Lion. Georgius died on 24 July 1861 in Paris.
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