A Buck, a Lobster on a China Plate, a Squirrel in a Basket of Fruit, Artichokes and a Boar’s Head in a Tureen, with Birds, a White Napkin and Asparagus on a Draped Table
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Frans Snyders ( Antwerp 1579 - Antwerp 1657 )
Seen here in Sir Anthony van Dyck's portrait of c. 1620, in the Frick Collection, New York, Frans Snyders the progenitor of Flemish Baroque still-life and animal painting. He worked intensively for about 50 years, producing an enormous body of works, of which more than 300 paintings survive, along with some oil sketches and about 100 drawings. Through his own paintings and his collaboration with Rubens and other artists, his influence was considerable.