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A 'Forest Floor' Still Life of Flowers

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Rachel Ruysch, according to the artist, was taught by Willem van Aelst. From her studio in Amsterdam, she painted a long succession of flower paintings, several fruit pieces and a number of 'forest floors' of which this is a relatively early example. The type was invented by Otto Marseus van Shrieck in about 1650 and imitated by Ruysch. A number of details in the composition have been inspired by pictures of this kind by de Heem, Mignon and Willem van Aelst.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 47 x W 40 cm

Accession number

WA1940.2.64

Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, 1939

Work type

Painting


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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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