Franz Snyders

I studied a little art history in college, but I had never heard of prolific Flemish painter Frans Snyders before I came across his gigantic still life paintings in museums on my first trip to Europe.

Snyders painted life-sized images of huge spreads of fruit, vegetables, and game, filled with color and detail. For some reason, he often included a thief in his compositions, whether a pickpocket or an animal stealing some of the food on display. His paintings make me think about my place in the food chain

still-life-with-fruite-wan-li-porcelain-and-squirrel

a_still_life_of_grapes_in_a_basket

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fishmongers

fruit-basket

fruit-in-a-bowl-and-a-sliced-melon

kitchen-still-life

still-life-with-basket-of-fruit

still-life-with-dead-birds

still-life-with-fruit-and-game

still-life-with-fruit-and-squirrel

still-life-with-monkey

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stillife-with-pickpocket

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trois-singes-voleurs-de-fruits

vegetable_still_life

Images courtesy of Art Renewal Center and the Web Gallery of Art, and the Hermitage, Louvre, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

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