Louise Moillon - Still Life Painter: (1610-1696)
Louise Moillon was the greatest French still-life painter of the seventeenth century. She worked for a number of distinguished patrons, including the highest nobility of France and King Charles I of England. The majority of her work was done in the 1630s, before her marriage.
Over the course of her life, Louise's exquisitely rendered paintings came to be widely admired for their quiet style, typified by Still Life with Cherries, Strawberries, and Gooseberries (1630), painted when the artist was just 20 years of age. She rendered her "portraits" of fruit with a sharp eye aided by a meticulous hand. Her contemplative style is very different from the panache and sophistication of her Dutch counterparts.
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