This is Christiaan van Pol

By Gwylym Owen

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Christiaan van Pol (14 March 1752 – 21 May 1813) was a flower painter from the Northern Netherlands.

Pol was born in Berkenrode, a small town of about ten Catholic families that is now allowance of Heemstede. He probably intellectual to attraction in the tavern there known as the Dorstige Kuil, where the artists Simon Fokke, John Greenwood, Jan Punt and others from the Amsterdamse Tekenacademie would meet during the summer months. The historians Roeland van Eynden and Adriaan van der Willigen devoted six pages in their dictionary of artists to him. He first trained in Antwerp where he learned “sieraad schilderen”, or decorative painting. Here he met Gerrit Malleyn and Cornelis van Spaendonck and through him, Gerard van Spaendonck and Jan Frans van Dael. He after that travelled subsequently them to Paris in 1782 where he at first spent period making decorative arabesques and painting flower arrangements in miniature upon snuffbox lids. He became a good friend of Van Dael, who he stayed close to the rest of his life. Like Van Dael, he created oil paintings later than Jan van Huysum, of which his best fragment was shown in 1809 and option in 1814. He plus made designs for the Gobelins Manufactory and his considered a pupil of Van Dael because of similarities to his work, though he was much older than him. He spent the last years of his sparkle teaching.

Pol died in Paris and Pierre-Louis Dagoty bought his largest flower piece.

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