Flower Still Life
Flower paintings were prominent in Dutch Baroque art. They were popular as vanitas paintings because flowers are fragile and have short life spans. Ruysch (1663-1750) was one of the best at this type of art during this period.
Most people don’t quite understand the time and thought that goes into the composition of a still life. The flowers are all carefully and purposely arranged, the colors well thought out, and the angle of the table is also carefully thought out and incorporated in the picture.
This is extremely lush, and her knowledge botany lends incredible realism and legitimacy to this piece.