Willem van Aelst

(May 16, 1627 - in or after 1683) was a Dutch artist who specialized in still-life painting with flowers or game. Van Aelst was born in Delft to a family of prominent city magistrates. He learned to paint from his uncle, the still-life painter Evert van Aelst. On 9 November 1643 he enrolled as a master of the Guild of Saint Luke at Delft. Between 1645 and 1649 he lived in France. In 1649 Van Aelst travelled to Florence, where he served as court painter to Ferdinando II de' Medici, grand duke of Tuscany. At this time, the grand duke also employed two fellow Dutchmen Matthias Withoos and Otto Marseus van Schrieck, the latter also a still-life painter who probably influenced Van Aelst's style. In 1656 he returned to the Netherlands to settle permanently in Amsterdam. He became one of the most prominent still-life painters of his generation, which allowed him to live on the Prinsengracht. He must have at Amsterdam died in 1683 or shortly thereafter, as his latest dated work is from that year. Van Aelst taught Rachel Ruysch and several others.

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Willem van Aelst Group of flowers oil painting


Group of flowers
Painting ID::  88098
Artist: Willem van Aelst
Painting: Group of flowers
Introduction: 1675. Oil on canvas. 31.1 x 25.4 cm. cjr
   
   
     

Willem van Aelst Still Life with Dead Game oil painting


Still Life with Dead Game
Painting ID::  90796
Artist: Willem van Aelst
Painting: Still Life with Dead Game
Introduction: 1661(1661) Medium oil on canvas Dimensions 84.7 x 67.3 cm (33.3 x 26.5 in) cyf
   
   
     

Willem van Aelst Fruit Still Life with a Mouse oil painting


Fruit Still Life with a Mouse
Painting ID::  96347
Artist: Willem van Aelst
Painting: Fruit Still Life with a Mouse
Introduction: 1674. Oil on canvas cyf
   
   
     

Willem van Aelst Hunting trophies oil painting


Hunting trophies
Painting ID::  97494
Artist: Willem van Aelst
Painting: Hunting trophies
Introduction: second half of 17th century Medium oil on canvas Dimensions 103.5 X 78 cm cyf
   
   
     

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     (May 16, 1627 - in or after 1683) was a Dutch artist who specialized in still-life painting with flowers or game. Van Aelst was born in Delft to a family of prominent city magistrates. He learned to paint from his uncle, the still-life painter Evert van Aelst. On 9 November 1643 he enrolled as a master of the Guild of Saint Luke at Delft. Between 1645 and 1649 he lived in France. In 1649 Van Aelst travelled to Florence, where he served as court painter to Ferdinando II de' Medici, grand duke of Tuscany. At this time, the grand duke also employed two fellow Dutchmen Matthias Withoos and Otto Marseus van Schrieck, the latter also a still-life painter who probably influenced Van Aelst's style. In 1656 he returned to the Netherlands to settle permanently in Amsterdam. He became one of the most prominent still-life painters of his generation, which allowed him to live on the Prinsengracht. He must have at Amsterdam died in 1683 or shortly thereafter, as his latest dated work is from that year. Van Aelst taught Rachel Ruysch and several others.