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
Willem van Aelst - Vase of Flowers
Willem van Aelst - Seafood, Onion, and Glassware
Willem van Aelst - Still Life of Fruit
Willem van Aelst - Still Life with Dead Game
Willem van Aelst - A Vase of Flowers
Still life with mouse and candle
1647
Vase of Flowers
1658
Seafood, Onion, and Glassware
1679
Still Life of Fruit
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Still Life with Dead Game
1661
A Vase of Flowers
1663
 
Willem van Aelst - Still life
Willem van Aelst - Still life with a basket of fruit on a marble ledge
Willem van Aelst - Dead Birds and Hunting Gear
Willem van Aelst - Two Peaches
Willem van Aelst - Glass Vase with Branches Bearing Fruit
Willem van Aelst - Still life with poultry
Still life
1652
Still life with a basket of fruit on a marble ledge
1650
Dead Birds and Hunting Gear
1664
Two Peaches
1672
Glass Vase with Branches Bearing Fruit
Still life with poultry
1658
 
Willem van Aelst - Still life with flowers and watch
Willem van Aelst - Hunting still life with dead partridges
Willem van Aelst - A fruit-piece
Willem van Aelst - Still Life of Flowers
Willem van Aelst - Flower Still-Life
Willem van Aelst - Peaches, Plums and Raspberries with a Goldfinch in Flight
Still life with flowers and watch
1663
Hunting still life with dead partridges
1671
A fruit-piece
Still Life of Flowers
1677
Flower Still-Life
1663
Peaches, Plums and Raspberries with a Goldfinch in Flight