Willem van Leen
THE PAINTER WILLEM VAN LEEN,
1753 - 1825
The life of Willem van Leen
Willem van Leen's father had a painting and jewellery shop and was an art dealer. After studying with his father, Willem was apprenticed to other Dordrecht painters.
When he was twenty, Willem left for Paris where he devoted three years to painting flowers. He drew many of the - often exotic - flowers in the Jardin des Plantes. The Grand Duchess of Russia commissioned him to design wallpapers of white Chinese silk for the Pavlovsk Palace in Leningrad. Despite the French Revolution, he continued to live and work in Paris in 1789.
After his return, Willem van Leen settled in Delfshaven and specialised as a painter of flowers and art dealer. Willem continued to study flowers until a ripe old age. He used them to compose his still lifes.
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