Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers, Rachel Ruysch
Rachel Ruysch
Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers
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Rachel Ruysch

Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers, 1698


Malfläche
57.6 x 44.6 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
540
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817 with the Sophia Franziska de Neufville-Gontard collection
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

The daughter of a professor of anatomy and botany was one of the most sought-after still-life artists of her time. In view of her talent, Rachel Ruysch was apprenticed to Willem van Aelst, which was highly unusual for a woman at the time. On this painting, she has arranged a bouquet of flowers casually in a glass vase. Several small creatures, including a butterfly, a caterpillar and a dragonfly, enliven the flower arrangement. The zoological interest appears to complement the botanical one. The idea of transience, and the fact that the magnificent flowers portrayed here will wither and decay, recedes into the background.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Rachel Ruysch 1698

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817 with the Sophia Franziska de Neufville-Gontard collection

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 41A671 still life of plants, flowers and fruit
  • 41A6711 flowers in a vase
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
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Johann Matthias de Neufville-Gontard (1754-1794), Frankfurt am Main
vererbt an seine Ehefrau Sophia Franziska de Neufville-Gontard (1767-1833), Frankfurt am Main
verkauft an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 15. April 1817.

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Last update

14.10.2021