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Balthasar Van Der Ast



Ast, Balthasar van der    Pages: 1-2

(b Middelburg, ?1593–4; d Delft, bur 19 Dec 1657).

Dutch painter. He was the brother-in-law of Ambrosius Bosschaert (i), whose household he entered in 1609, after the death of his father. He remained as Bosschaert’s pupil, until he was 21. In 1615 van der Ast moved with the Bosschaert family to Bergen-op-Zoom. However, a year later the Bosschaerts were living in Utrecht, but van der Ast is not recorded there until 1619, when he was entered as a master in the Guild of St Luke. He remained in Utrecht until 1632, then lived in Delft, where he enrolled in the painters’ guild on 22 June 1632. On 26 February 1633 he married Margrieta Jans van Bueren in Delft, where he spent the rest of his career; the marriage produced two children.


Flower Still-Life with Shell and Insects



Still-Life with Apple Blossoms



Still-Life of Flowers, Shells, and Insects
c. 1635



Flowers and Fruit



Plate with Fruits and Shells



Life with Flowers, Fruit, and Shells



Still-Life with Fruits, Shells and Insects



Vase of Flowers by a Window



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