This bouquet is past its best. The flowers are drooping and starting to fade. In the middle, a wilted opium poppy has been cut off. The empty space left there lends depth to the bouquet.

Rachel Ruysch specialised in this sort of profuse flower still-life. She inherited her love of flowers and plants from her father, the renowned Amsterdam botanist Frederik Ruysch. Rachel had an international career as a painter and worked until a ripe old age.


  • Title: Vase with Flowers
  • Creator: Ruysch, Rachel
  • Date Created: 1700
  • Physical Dimensions: h79.5 cm x w60.2 cm
  • Provenance: (?) Given by the painter to the Confrerie Pictura, The Hague; H.D. Loeff Gallery, The Hague; purchased, 1826
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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