Rachel Ruysch (1664 - 1750). Still Life of Roses, Tulips, a Sun Flower and Other Flowers in a Glass Vase With a Bee, Butterfly and Other Insects Upon a Marble Ledge. (1710).
Flemish painter, Rachel Ruysch, carried out all his life of Still Lifes. She is known for the high degree of accuracy and the realism of its representations. A hundred paintings are allotted to her. The background of its compositions is frequently dark. It is necessary to note the extreme meticulousness with which this flowers was represented. In general the painting to her were ordered one year in advance and the artist could not paint more than two paintings in 12 months. But Rachel Ruysch started to paint with adolescence and this until the 83 years age.
If the obscure bottom emphasizes the bright colors and soft flowers an effort in the composition is to be noted with this too heavy flower of sunflower which leans downwards and which answers a red and white tulip whose stem is directed on the right to the top formant thus a large S which balances the picture. Every insects, butterflies, bee, grasshopper, come to give life to this still life whose delicacy and smoothness are remarkable. It is considered rightly that this time baroque and Flemish represents the golden age of the still life and Rachel Ruysch is certainly its best female representative. This painting is on sale by Sotheby' s London on July 3rd, 2013 at 7.00 H.
The point of view of the spectator is about at the center of the painting but the glance quickly follows the curved shape of the stems in top and bottom.
Close to tension and the natural point fields of interests the stems of the flowers have a revolving movement.
All the insects are on the low part of work.
The orientation of the stems and the shape of the flowers rather give a revolving composition in the direction of the needles of a watch. The 2 large diagonals are used as a basis.
This red, black and white butterfly prepares with gather honey the rose located on its line.
The white butterfly at black spots comes to weigh on the flower of sunflower, accentuating its downward movement.
A bee is posed on the petals of the flower of sunflower.
On the marble edge a flying grasshopper is posed, it seems motionless.
The light comes from the left.
Colors : Cold colors which contrast with the hot colors.
Similars Paintings :
Rachel Ruysch. A Vase of Flowers. (1706).
Rachel Ruysch. Still Life in the Bouquet of flower and Plums.
Rachel Ruysch Connect of Rose with Scarabee and Bee. (1741).