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Rachel Ruysch, Flower Still Life, after 1700.
As living objects that soon die, flowers, particularly cut blossoms, appeared frequently in vanitas paintings. However, floral painting as a distinct genre also flourished in the Dutch Republic. Among the leading practitioners of this art was Rachel Ruysch (1663-1750). Ruysch’s father was a professor of botany and anatomy, which may account for her interest in and knowledge of plants and insects. She acquired an international reputation for lush paintings such as Flower Still Life. In this image, the lavish floral arrangement is so full that many of the blossoms seem to be spilling out of the vase. Ruysch carefully constructed her paintings. Here, for example, she positioned the flowers to created a diagonal that runs from the lower left of the painting to the upper right corner and that offsets the opposing diagonal of the table edge.