Frans Snyders by Anthony van Dyck
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).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.