[Rachel Ruysch, Vase of Flowers, 1700. Oil on canvas. Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image via the de Young.]
In a month, Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis opens at the High. Along with Vermeer's masterpiece, 34 other 17th-century works will be on view including a still life from the extraordinary Rachel Ruysch, an ahead-of-her-time woman known for lush, textural botanicals, who served as court painter to Johann Wilhelm of Bavaria and enjoyed commercial success throughout her life.
Flower paintings always resonate but with the Old Masters currently having such a big impact on a new generation of floral designers and stylists, I think Ruysch's Vase with Flowers will have added impact. Also, if the offerings in the de Young gift shop (the exhibition is in San Francisco right now) are any indication, floral- and Dutch genre-themed wares should be abundant at the High. The wrapper on the chocolate, above, highlights the work of Abraham van Beyeren.
[Image of Althea via Lee Jofa.]