Rachel Ruysch

Dutch 1664-1750 Rachel Ruysch (June 3, 1664 ?? Amsterdam, August 12, 1750) was a Dutch artist who specialized in still-life paintings of flowers. She was born in The Hague, but moved to Amsterdam when she was three. Her father Frederik Ruysch, a famous anatomist, and botanist, was appointed a professor there. He gathered a huge collection of rarities in his house. She assisted her father decorating the prepared specimen in a liquor balsamicum with flowers and lace. At fifteen Ruysch was apprenticed to Willem van Aelst, a prominent Delft painter, known for his flower paintings. In 1693, she married a portrait painter, Juriaen Pool (1666-1745), with whom she had ten children. Her sister Pieternel was married to Jan Munnicks, a young man who drew flowers in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. In 1701 Ruysch was inducted into the painters' guild in The Hague. Several years later Ruysch was invited to work for the court in D??sseldorf and serve as court painter to Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine. She remained working for him and his wife from 1708 until the prince's death in 1716. Also Jan Weenix and Adriaen van der Werff were invited to deliver paintings, after Eglon van der Neer died. In 1723 she won the lottery. Ruysch kept painting for her prominent clients. Ruysch lived eighty-five years and her dated works establish that she painted from the time she was a young woman until she was an octogenarian. About a hundred paintings by her are known. The background of the paintings are usually dark. Ruysch was also noted for her paintings of detailed and realistic crystal vases.

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Rachel Ruysch Still Life of Flowers oil painting


Still Life of Flowers
Painting ID::  3695
Artist: Rachel Ruysch
Painting: Still Life of Flowers
Introduction: 1689
   
   
     

Rachel Ruysch A Vase of Flowers oil painting


A Vase of Flowers
Painting ID::  32627
Artist: Rachel Ruysch
Painting: A Vase of Flowers
Introduction: 1706 Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm
   
   
     

Rachel Ruysch Flower Still-Life oil painting


Flower Still-Life
Painting ID::  40529
Artist: Rachel Ruysch
Painting: Flower Still-Life
Introduction: mk156 after 1700 Oil on canvs 75.5x60.7cm
   
   
     

Rachel Ruysch Flowers in a vase oil painting


Flowers in a vase
Painting ID::  42718
Artist: Rachel Ruysch
Painting: Flowers in a vase
Introduction: MK169 1698 Cloth 5805x44.5cm
   
   
     

Rachel Ruysch Flowers in a Vase oil painting


Flowers in a Vase
Painting ID::  43220
Artist: Rachel Ruysch
Painting: Flowers in a Vase
Introduction: mk170 circa 1685 Oil on canvas 57x43.5cm
   
   
     

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     Dutch 1664-1750 Rachel Ruysch (June 3, 1664 ?? Amsterdam, August 12, 1750) was a Dutch artist who specialized in still-life paintings of flowers. She was born in The Hague, but moved to Amsterdam when she was three. Her father Frederik Ruysch, a famous anatomist, and botanist, was appointed a professor there. He gathered a huge collection of rarities in his house. She assisted her father decorating the prepared specimen in a liquor balsamicum with flowers and lace. At fifteen Ruysch was apprenticed to Willem van Aelst, a prominent Delft painter, known for his flower paintings. In 1693, she married a portrait painter, Juriaen Pool (1666-1745), with whom she had ten children. Her sister Pieternel was married to Jan Munnicks, a young man who drew flowers in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. In 1701 Ruysch was inducted into the painters' guild in The Hague. Several years later Ruysch was invited to work for the court in D??sseldorf and serve as court painter to Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine. She remained working for him and his wife from 1708 until the prince's death in 1716. Also Jan Weenix and Adriaen van der Werff were invited to deliver paintings, after Eglon van der Neer died. In 1723 she won the lottery. Ruysch kept painting for her prominent clients. Ruysch lived eighty-five years and her dated works establish that she painted from the time she was a young woman until she was an octogenarian. About a hundred paintings by her are known. The background of the paintings are usually dark. Ruysch was also noted for her paintings of detailed and realistic crystal vases.