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Rachel Ruysch

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Sharonda Sterling

on 27 April 2010

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Rachel Ruysch Born: June 3, 1664 in the hague Died:August 12, 1750 Her father Frederik Ruysch, a famous anatomist & botanist. He was appointed a professor . 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. Education In 1679, when she was fifteen years old, Ruysch started an apprenticeship with van Aelst, and she began producing various kinds of still life paintings, mostly flower studies and woodland scenes. Van Aelst taught her the requisite skill of composing a bouquet in a vase but in his less formalized fashion that produced a much more realistic and palpable effect. Lifetime In 1693, she married the portrait painter, Juriaen Pool (1666-1745), with whom she had ten children. In 1701 Ruysch was inducted into the painters' guild in The Hague. Several years later Ruysch was invited to Düsseldorf, along with the painters Jan Weenix (1640 – 1719) and Adriaen van der Werff (1659 – 1722), to serve as court painter to Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (1658 – 1716). She remained there from 1708 until the prince's death, after which she returned to Holland where she continued painting for prominent clients. Portraits 1664 - 1750 Flowers in a vase 1747 Unknown 1745 Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies & other flowers in a urn on a stone ledge My Overview Rachel Ruysch was trained in the Classical tradition but was more interested in the Dutch School subject matter and techniques of light and shade. Although she deeply admired the work of Vermeer and Kalf, her still-life paintings of flowers were distinct in their incorporation of insects such as butterflies and bees. Ruysch was also noted for her paintings of detailed and realistic crystal vases. She lived in Amsterdam her entire life, where her paintings were immensely popular and have not lost their appeal since.

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