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 used in 17th C Holland. 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.

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. The Delft Blue tableware paintings and paintings of Roman archaeological artifacts are also part of this heritage work.

Artisans and their local food produce are celebrated in culinary heritage paintings. As part of this she collaborates with British and French artisans, and in 2016 profiled the produce of BBC Food and Farming Awards finalists. Read more about this project on the Culinary heritage project page. In addition, new series of hunting still lifes explore game birds traditionally reserved for the aristocracy during the Dutch Golden Age.

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

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 email dutchoilsartist@gmail.com.

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Tulips by Tanja Moderscheim

In progress: Rembrandt tulips 1760-1893 and Fritillaria Meleagris 1573

On the easel throughout February 2020: a new Dutch heritage tulip painting: Rembrandt tulips 1760-1893 and Fritillaria Meleagris 1573, oil on fine linen, 10″x12″.

Currently working on a number of commissions, Tanja welcomes new orders for bespoke paintings, for completion August to December 2020.

A new series of oil paintings on 23ct gold laid on copper has been quite popular. These small paintings are intended to be hung next to an armchair for example, where a reading light makes the gold glow in the evenings.

Black and White Rembrandt by Tanja Moderscheim

Zwart en Wit Rembrandt tulip, oil on 23ct gold on copper, 10x15cm

In September 2019 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

Pheasant by Tanja Moderscheim

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

A visit to The Game Fair, 26-28 July 2019 at Hatfield House, England, was a success. Painting sales including commissions were confirmed. Several paintings are still available, to enquire please call 07909 646317 .

Dutch heritage tulips 16th to 19th C

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

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 exhibition the tulip paintings can be seen is the annual Society of Botanical Artists exhibitions, Mall Galleries London. Read more about the historical Dutch tulip project here.

Artisan Olivier Helibert by Tanja Moderscheim

Olivier Hélibert’s Sharpening steel, in progress, detail

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. 

Artisan painting by Tanja Moderscheim

Breton ham, Charcuterie Hélibert, 40cm x 60cm

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.

Roman bowls by Tanja Moderscheim

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

Upcoming Exhibitions


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

Aubergine Gallery Spring Exhibition, 24 April – 22 May, Wimbledon, London

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


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