A Long Career
When Rachel was twenty nine she married the portrait painter Juriaen Pool in 1693. Ruysch moved with him to The Hague, where they both joined the Guild of St. Luke—a professional artists’ organization that regulated the sales and promotion of artwork in the city—and continued their work for the elector Palatine, Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz. While Ruysch’s career flourished, she also bore 10 children. Despite her responsibilities, she was remarkably prolific, producing more than 250 paintings over seven decades. Her works were in great demand, and she achieved widespread fame and international recognition. She died at the age of 86 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1750.
In 1999 a painting by Ruysch was discovered in a farmhouse in Normandy and was sold at auction for $508,000.