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  • NameJoris van Son
  • Sexmale
  • Nationality/DatesFlemish, born 1623, dead 1667
BiographyPainter of still lifes, mainly fruit pieces, and
flowers. Joris van Son was born in Antwerp, where he
was registered in 1643/1644 as a member of the
Guild of St. Luke, and where he worked until his
death. No teacher is recorded, but Van Son was clearly
influenced by the Dutch still life painter Jan Davidsz.
de Heem, whose most talented follower he was.
His flower garlands also reveal the influence of
Daniel Seghers. A son, Jan Frans, became a painter.
Five apprentices are recorded between 1652 and
1665, the best known of whom is Jan Pauwel Gillemans
II. Van Son also collaborated with the painters
Erasmus Quellinus II and Jan de Duyts.
Van Son specialized in painting fruit (vruchtenschilder),
and his still lifes almost always include fruit.
He painted mainly pronkstilleven, fruit pieces and
breakfast pieces, but also garlands of fruit and flowers
surrounding cartouches. Van Son’s paintings vary from
smaller scale cabinet pieces to large banquet paintings
containing luxurious pronk objects. Sixty-nine signed
paintings are known; and Greindl (1983) lists another
thirty-one works attributed to the artist. There are
dated works by Van Son from 1640 to 1665.
Still Life with Fruit and Boiled Crayfish