Joris van Son

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Joris van Son
Gulden Cabinet - Joris van Son p 403.jpg
Joris van Son in Het Gulden Cabinet
Born Joris van Son
Died 1667 (aged 43–44)
Nationality Belgium
Known for Painting
Movement Baroque

Joris van Son (1623–1667) was a highly popular Flemish Baroque painter of fruit and flowers, in banquet style on a plank, but also in garland form.


Fruit still life with Nautilus mussel, ca.1660-1665

He seems to have been influenced by Jan Davidszoon de Heem, since his subjects follow his style quite closely.[1] According to Houbraken his paintings were prized for preserving summer plenty in the middle of winter. In a poem by Cornelis de Bie, it is written that his fruits would tempt a pregnant woman.[2] His paintings hang in many European museums, and the Dutch RKD has over 70 known works by him on record. He signed his works JORIS VAN SON. His students were Frans van Everbroeck, Jan Pauwel Gillemans the Younger, and Norbert Montalie.[1] His son Jan Frans van Son was only nine when he died, but he became a pupil of Jan Pauwel Gillemans the Elder and was also a flower and fruit still life painter.


  1. ^ a b RKD entry on Joris van Son
  2. ^ (Dutch) Joris van Son biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature