Jan van Os

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Jan van Os
Pierre Frederic de la Croix - Portrait of his son in law, Jan van Os.jpg
Portrait of Jan van Os by his father in law, Pierre Frédéric de la Croix
Born 23 February 1744
Middelharnis, Netherlands
Died 7 February 1808(1808-02-07) (aged 63)
The Hague, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Known for Painting

Jan van Os (23 February 1744 – 7 February 1808) was a Dutch painter and a member of the renowned Van Os family of artists.


Van Os was born in Middelharnis. He was taught by Aert Schouman in The Hague, where he would spend the rest of his life. In 1773, he recorded in the painters' confraternity. In 1775, he married Susanna de La Croix, an able pastellist and the daughter of the deaf-mute portraitist Pieter Frederik de la Croix.

Van Os is mostly known for his fruit and flower still life paintings, though he started his career painting seascapes. His floral still lifes were painted in the style of Jan van Huysum, with the flowers usually presented on a marble ledge against a green background.

He was the father of artists Pieter van Os, Maria Margaretha van Os, and Georgius Jacobus Johannes van Os and grandfather to the painter Pieter Frederik van Os.

Jan van Os was the teacher of his children as well as Petronella van Woensel, a friend of his daughter Maria.[1]


  1. ^ Jan van Os in the RKD