‘Kissing babies’

rachel ruysch glasgow

An arrangement of flowers by a tree trunk, Rachel Ruysch(1664 – 1750, Dutch)Netherlands, Amsterdam (place of manufacture)oil on canvas36 7/8 x 28 in; 93.7 x 71.1 cm; framed: 1186 x 865 x 130 mm Painting entitled ‘An arrangement of flowers by a tree trunk’, by Rachel Ruysch. Painted in Amsterdam, where Ruysch spent most of her life, this reflects the Dutch mania for flowers. Such pictures found a ready market with rich and noble patrons. It is an early work of the type known as ‘forest floor piece’. The flowers move upwards in a spiral. The Dutch love of varied detail is seen in the insects, fungi, and lizard. The artist used a sponge to apply the paint to get the correct texture for the moss and pressed fabric against the wet surface to portray the scales of the lizard.45

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