Rachel Ruysch (1664 - 1750) was a Dutch flower painter. Her father was a botanist, and her meticulous works are known for their botanical accuracy.
She worked for many years as a court painter, and continued to paint into her eighties, producing over a hundred works that are known today.
This painting has the very dark background that was popular in still life paintings of the period, used as a foil for the bright colours of flowers and fruit, and the glint of crystal or brass. Later, after seeing the lighter backgrounds in the work of her contemporary, Jan van Huysum, she began to lighten her own, while keeping them neutral.
Born in 1871, in Barcelona, Camarasa's work shows influences from Gustav Klimt and the decorative art of the Vienna Secession movement. His use of intense colour anticipated Fauvism. He also painted portraits and imaginative landscapes.
This is a collection of favorite still life paintings I've found over the years. I have a particular interest in the oil medium, but occasionally include works in other media, even the odd photo of a nice vase or flower. I hope it will provide a resource for still life painters and art lovers.
There are a few paintings of interiors, and some botanical paintings, which are not really classified as still life, but they fit better here than in my landscape or figurative painting blogs (see links).
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