Rachel Ruysch

1664-1750 Netherlands-Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Rachel Ruysch (Ruisch, or her married name van Pool) was born in Amsterdam. Her father Fredrick, a renowned professor of anatomy, was able to enter her into the atelier of Willem van Aelst. The works of Jan Davidszoon de Heem may have influenced her also. Her talents were such that her master deemed her a prodigy. After working in The Hague for seven years, she moved to Dusseldorf in 1708, where she became Court Paintress to the Elector Palatine. The Prince was so impressed by her paintings that he bestowed supplementary gifts on her. One such present consisted of a twenty-eight piece of silver furniture for her toilet and six candlesticks of wrought-plate for wax tapers. She was married to the artist Jurian Pool, and they had ten children. Her attention to detail in her work was so remarkable that she spent seven years on two paintings. She continued to paint with explicit detail into her eighties.

 

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Basket of Flowers

Basket of Flowers

Flowers-

Still LIfe with Bouquet of Flowers and Plums

Fruit and Insects

Still Life with Fruit and Insects

Floral Still-

Floral Still-life with Butterflies on a Stone Bench

Tree Trunk

Flowers on a Tree Trunk

Flowers

Still Life with fglowers

Flower Still

Flower Still Life

Still-life

Still-life of Flowers

Insects

Flowers Fruit and Insects

Flowers

Vase of Flowers

Glass Vase

Bouquet in Glass Vase