Frans Snyders

Frans Snyders

Frans Snyders by Anthony van Dyck

Years of life: 1579 – 1657
Artist's Teachers: Peter Paul Rubens, Pieter Brueghel the Younger
Art Movement: Baroque
Painting School: Flemish School
Genre: Still-life , Genre scenes , Religious
Country: Flanders
Century: XVII

Son of an innkeeper. The undisputed master of the Baroque still life. He became a rich man. There are many paintings attributed to him wrong.

Look at his paintings of markets, storerooms, where tables and counters are literally overflowed with fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, and poultry – both alive and dead, and the sign of capitalist society’s wealth – Wan Li Chinese porcelain. After 1610 he painted hunting scenes, but his best and most freely painted work came after 1630.

His visit to Rome in 1608 had a great influence on his work. He collaborated with other artists (for example, sometimes he completed a still life or animals in Rubens’ works).

Some details of Snyders’ paintings have a symbolic meaning (e.g., the vineyard, the symbol of the Eucharist); in addition, the artist sometimes turned to moralizing, proverbs, or animal fables.

Frans Snyders’s major works are Still Life with Dead Game, Fruits, and Vegetables in a Market, 1614 (Art Institute of Chicago); Hungry Cat with Still Life, c. 1615–20 (Berlin: Staatliche Museum); Wild Boar Hunt, 1649 (Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • The cat and the fox

    between 1636 and 1639

    The cat and the fox   •  between 1636 and 1639

  • Still life with dead hares and birds, armchair, hounds, hunting gun

    Still life with dead hares and birds, armchair, hounds, hunting gun

  • The Fruit Girl

    1632-1633

    The Fruit Girl   •  1632-1633

  • Dogs fighting in a wooded clearing

    Dogs fighting in a wooded clearing

  • Still Life with Cats Fighting

    Still Life with Cats Fighting

  • Fable of the Fox and the Heron

    1657

    Fable of the Fox and the Heron  •  1657

  • A game shop

    between 1625 and 1630

    A game shop   •  between 1625 and 1630

  • Fruit Stall

    between 1618 and 1621

    Fruit Stall  •  between 1618 and 1621

  • A Greyhound Catching a Young Wild Boar

    1620

    A Greyhound Catching a Young Wild Boar   •  1620

  • Pythagoras advocating vegetarianism

    between 1628 and 1630

    Pythagoras advocating vegetarianism   •  between 1628 and 1630

  • Deer Hunting

    Deer Hunting

  • Group of Birds Perched on Branches

    1630s

    Group of Birds Perched on Branches   •  1630s

  • The Fishmonger

    1657

    The Fishmonger   •  1657

  • Still-Life with Crab, Poultry, and Fruit

    between 1615 and 1620

    Still-Life with Crab, Poultry, and Fruit  •  between 1615 and 1620

  • Still-Life with Fowl and Game

    1614

    Still-Life with Fowl and Game  •  1614

  • Still Life

    1616

    Still Life   •  1616

  • Grapes, Peaches and Quinces in a Niche

    Grapes, Peaches and Quinces in a Niche

  • Still Life

    between 1635 and 1639

    Still Life   •  between 1635 and 1639

  • Still Life

    Still Life

  • Still-Life with Crab, Poultry, and Fruit

    between 1615 and 1620

    Still-Life with Crab, Poultry, and Fruit  •  between 1615 and 1620

  • Still Life

    1616

    Still Life   •  1616

  • The Fowl Market

    The Fowl Market

  • Head of Medusa

    1617-1618

    Head of Medusa   •  1617-1618

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