Balthasar van der Ast
The painter Balthasar van der Ast, 1593-1657
The life of Balthasar van der Ast
Balthasar van der Ast was born in 1593 in Middelburg as the son of a rich Middelburg merchant in wool. After his father’s premature death in 1609, Balthasar moved to live with his older sister Maria, brother-in-law Ambrosius Bosschaert (1593-1621) and their three sons. These three boys were raised by Balthasar and he also teached them the art of painting. Balthasar himself was apprenticed to his brother-in-law Ambrosius Bosschaert.
In 1615 the whole family moved to Bergen op Zoom and then to Utrecht.
In Utrecht, Balthasar becomes a member of the Sint Lucasgilde and becomes a friend of Roelandt Savery. In 1632 the family moved to Delft where, a year later, Balthasar married Margrieta Jans van Buijeren. Until 1640 they live in the Cellebroerstraat and had 2 daughters, Maria and Helena. Later they moved to Oude Delft, where Balthasar stays until his death.
The work of Balthasar van der Ast
Balthasar was apprenticed to his brother-in-law Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder for making Still lifes of flowers and fruit. Later, Balthasar was influenced by his friend Roelandt Savery and his works became larger and more extensive.
His three cousins, Ambrose the Younger, John and Abraham Bosschaert became his apprentices and later also Jan Davidsz de Heem.
Balthasar made his still lifes with a special use of colours and compositions.
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