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Rachel Ruysch (The Hague, June 3, 1664 - Amsterdam, October 12, 1750) was a Dutch painter specialized on floral still life’s. Ruysch very much invented her personal style and achieved international fame in her life, especially as the court painter to Johann Wilhelm, Prince Elector of the Palatine. Due to a long and successful career spanning more than six decades, she became the best-documented female painter of the Dutch Golden Age.
Rachel Ruysch's flower bouquets against a dark background look lavish. All light focuses on the flowers, delicate grasses set accents. Sharp light-dark contrasts, retracted brown contours and the intense interplay of cold and warm colors create a strong plasticity.
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