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Sketch for a Still Life of Fruit and Flowers  1725

by Jan van Huysum

Jan van Huysum made this drawing with a stick of charcoal soaked in linseed oil. This material was traditionally recommended for drawing sketches. The oil prevents the drawn lines from blurring and lends them greater intensity. The drawing served as a model for a painting. Van
Huysum here indicated the most important colours in transparent watercolour.
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum