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Rachel Ruysch

1664-1750 Netherlands/Baroque


Brief Biography-Rachel Ruysch (or Ruisch) 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, becoming 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 wrought plate candlesticks for wax tapers. She married 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


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


Still Life with fglowers

Flower Still

Flower Still Life


Still-life of Flowers


Flowers Fruit and Insects


Vase of Flowers

Glass Vase

Bouquet in Glass Vase