Willem van Aelst (1626 - after 1687)

Dutch painter, specialized in still-life painting with flowers or game

Willem van Aelst was born in Delft to a prominent family. He was a pupil from his uncle, the still-life painter Evert van Aelst. On 9 November 1643 he became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke in Delft. Between 1645 and 1649 he was active in France. In 1649 Van Aelst travelled to Florence, where he served as court painter to Ferdinando II de' Medici, grand duke of Tuscany and the future Cosimo III. At the same time, two other Dutch painters, Matthias Withoos and Otto Marseus van Schrieck, were also employed by the Grand Duke. In 1656 he returned to the Netherlands together with Van Schrieck, to settle permanently in Amsterdam, although Houbraken mentions that he settled in Delft. He became one of the most prominent still-life painters of his generation. He probably died in 1683 as several works dated 1682 survived, and a work dated 1683 has been reported. Rachel Ruysch was one of his pupils.




Willem van Aelst - Still life with mouse and candle
Still life with mouse and candle
1647

Willem van Aelst - Vase of Flowers
Vase of Flowers
1658

Willem van Aelst - Seafood, Onion, and Glassware
Seafood, Onion, and Glassware
1679

Willem van Aelst - Still Life of Fruit
Still Life of Fruit
n.d.

Willem van Aelst - Still Life with Dead Game
Still Life with Dead Game
1661


Willem van Aelst - Still life
Still life
1652

Willem van Aelst - A Vase of Flowers
A Vase of Flowers
1663

Willem van Aelst - Still life with a basket of fruit on a marble ledge
Still life with a basket of fruit on a marble ledge
1650

Willem van Aelst - Dead Birds and Hunting Gear
Dead Birds and Hunting Gear
1664

Willem van Aelst - Two Peaches
Two Peaches
1672


Willem van Aelst - Glass Vase with Branches Bearing Fruit
Glass Vase with Branches Bearing Fruit

Willem van Aelst - Still life with poultry
Still life with poultry
1658

Willem van Aelst - Still life with flowers and watch
Still life with flowers and watch
1663

Willem van Aelst - Hunting still life with dead partridges
Hunting still life with dead partridges
1671

Willem van Aelst - A fruit-piece
A fruit-piece


Willem van Aelst - Still Life of Flowers
Still Life of Flowers
1677

Willem van Aelst - Flower Still-Life
Flower Still-Life
1663

Willem van Aelst - Peaches, a Plum, and Grapes on a Ledge
Peaches, a Plum, and Grapes on a Ledge
1646

Willem van Aelst - Peaches, Plums and Raspberries with a Goldfinch in Flight
Peaches, Plums and Raspberries with a Goldfinch in Flight