Pieter van Loo

A study of Caladium Bicolor

Pieter van Loo was born in Haarlem, where he would spend most of his life, in 1735. He became a member of the local guild of St Luke in 1763. Van Loo produced many designs for wall-hangings for the Troost van Groenendoelen factory in Amsterdam. As an artist, he mostly specialized in landscapes and still life pictures, including studies of individual plants, such as the present works, which is rendered in studious detail. The Caladium Bicolor, being a plant native to the Amazone regions in Brazil, must have fascinated van Loo’s┬ácontemporaries.

Artist: Pieter van Loo (Haarlem 1735 - 1784)
Medium: ink and watercolour on laid paper
Dimensions: 375 x 260 mm