Dutch 17th to 19th C tulips by Tanja Moderscheim

Dutch paintings

Attention to Detail

Three Figs by Tanja Moderscheim

Paintings of light

Lobster by Tanja Moderscheim

Classical technique and style

Two quince fruit on a silver platter by Tanja Moderscheim

Still life

17th century Haarlem faience plates by Tanja Moderscheim

Delft Blue

Cultural heritage

Haarlem faience plate with artichoke by Tanja Moderscheim


Dutch oil paintings

Classical technique, pigments & style

Dutch heritage tulips 16th to 19th C

Tanja Möderscheim (PhD, SBAF) is a Dutch fine artist based in London. Her oil paintings are painted in a classical style using traditional technique and pigments. Close attention to detail and anatomy, nurtured by her background in science, is a nod to the increased interest in naturalism during the Dutch Golden Age (17th Century).

She divides her time between painting commissioned pieces, painting for exhibitions and working on ongoing projects, cultural and culinary heritage.

Her cultural heritage project focuses on tulips from Dutch 16th to 19th C genetic stocks. She sources the bulbs from the gene bank Hortus Bulborum in Holland and grows these in her garden, resulting in annual series of tulip oil paintings. Go to the tulip page to read more about this project.

Her culinary heritage project is about celebrating artisan and local food produce; she brings out the best of the artisans’ products in her paintings. As part of this she collaborated with BBC Food and Farming Awards finalists as well as French artisans. Read more about this project on the Culinary heritage project page.

Other still life oil paintings focus on Delft Blue tableware, Roman archaeological artifacts and birds.

Key exhibitions include the Mall Galleries, London (RBA, SWA, SBA) and Affordable Art Fair (Otomys Gallery).

For upcoming exhibitions please scroll down or visit the exhibition page.

Paintings currently for sale: available paintings.

For enquiries including commissions or just to have a chat please call +44 (0)7909 646317 or email dutchoilsartist@gmail.com.

The latest news is shown below.


For the November 2019 newsletter please click here. This month: introducing new oil paintings on 23ct gold; acceptance as a Fellow Member of the Society of Botanical Artists; Christmas order dates, a Christmas 10% discount offer; and two giveaways!

Black and White Rembrandt by Tanja Moderscheim

In September Tanja was warmly welcomed as a new fellow member of the Society of Botanical Artists, UK. The decision was made based on her work with Dutch heritage tulips. For more information about the SBA, please visit www.soc-botanical-artists.org

A visit to The Game Fair, 26-28 July at Hatfield House, England, was a success. Painting sales including commissions were confirmed. Several paintings are still available, to enquire please call 07909 646317 .

 Pheasant by Tanja Moderscheim

Pheasant, oil on fine linen, 9″ x 16″ ( 23cm x 41cm)  – sold

A selection of Tanja’s original oil paintings are now available through the No Naked Walls Gallery.

Tulips may only flower in April to May but it’s always tulip painting season in the studio. Ideally using live flowers during the flowering season, but later in the year using her photo library, Tanja’s paintings feature Dutch heirloom tulips spanning the 16th to the 19th centuries. She grows the tulips from bulbs sourced from the gene bank Hortus Bulborum, Holland.

One tulip oil painting was recently exhibited with the Society of Botanical Artists, Mall Galleries London. Read more about the historical Dutch tulip project here.

Ode to Bosschaert by Tanja Moderscheim

Ode to Bosschaert, oil on fine linen, 22.8cm (9″) x 30.5 cm (12″)

Dutch heritage tulips 16th to 19th C

Dutch 16th to 19th C tulips, oil on fine linen, 101 cm x 76cm

single zilver standaard heritage tulips by Tanja Moderscheim

a pair of Zilver Standaard paintings (1760), oil on wood, 11cm x 18cm

For the next chapter of her culinary heritage project, Tanja has been collaborating with chefs Lise and Eric of BonFond. Lise and Eric travel to ‘discover the abundance of France through sustainable farming and French savoir-faire’. As a celebration of the artisans they meet, a new series of oil paintings showcases their produce, starting with Breton pig from Charcuterie Hélibert, a top-20 charcutier in France. Other paintings include southern French pastries, Mount St Michel Bay oysters, Corsican chicken and Loire Valley vegetables. Below is a detail of the progress of the first painting, Charcuterie Hélibert. Read more about this project on the Culinary heritage project page..

Sharpening Steel Olivier Helibert

Olivier Hélibert’s Sharpening steel, in progress, detail

Charcuterie Helibert by Tanja Moderscheim

Breton ham, Charcuterie Hélibert, 40cm x 60cm

Below is the first oil painting in a series featuring Roman pottery: two black slip ware bowls dating to the second century AD. These bowls were traditionally produced during the first two centuries, in north-west Europe.

Black slipware bowls 2nc C AD

Black slip ware bowls, 2nd century AD, oil on fine linen, 40cm x 40cm

For available works see the list of currently available paintings.

Upcoming Exhibitions


Surrey Contemporary Art Fair, 14-15 March, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

The Elite, London edition, 15-16 May, Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire

Society of Botanical Artists, 3-7 June, Mall Galleries London

The Game Fair, 24-26 July, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire

Burghley Horse Trials (tbc), 2-6 September, Burghley House, Lincolnshire

CountryLiving Christmas Fair, 11-15 November, Islington BDC, London


Proudly supporting the charities Grenfell Tower Appeal and the Koning Willem Fonds.