Louise Moillon

Louise Moillon, Baroque still life painting

Louise Moillon, Baroque still life painting

Louise Moillon was a French still life painter active in the 17th century. Though she lived in Paris, where still life painting had yet to become accepted as a respected genre, she painted in the Flemish Baroque style of still life that was becoming popular in the Netherlands.

Her work includedd elements of trompe l’oeil along with arrangements that sometimes feel stylized and artificial; that, combined with her superb feeling for the texture and color of fruits and leaves, often gives her paintings something of a magic realist quality.

I particularly admire her renderings of plums, in which the sheen of the skin and the dimensionality of the forms show her skill at its best.