Frans Snyders (Flemish, 1657)


Frans Snyders was baptised in Antwerp in 1579, and by 1593 is listed as a student of Pieter Brueghel the Younger, although he seems to have actually received his training from Pieter’s younger brother Jan Brueghel. An independent master by 1602, Snyders visited Italy in 1608, where he may have met Peter Paul Rubens for the first time. Beginning around 1610, Rubens and Snyders – who were only two years apart in age - established a close working relationship that lasted for some thirty years, with Snyders adding still life elements to Rubens’s paintings. Snyders also collaborated on paintings with Anthony Van Dyck, Jan Boeckhorst, Abraham Janssens and other artists. Continuing the tradition of elaborate still life painting in Flanders established by the kitchen interiors of Joachim Beuckelaer and Pieter Aertsen in the 16th century, he soon became the foremost practitioner of the genre in Antwerp in the first half of the 17th century. Never short of commissions for still life paintings from the prosperous citizens of Antwerp, Snyders also enjoyed the patronage of Philip IV of Spain, for whom he painted around sixty hunting scenes for the Torre de la Parada and the Palacio Real in Madrid. He was able to earn a considerable fortune, augmented by his occasional activity as an art dealer, and his large, abundant gamepieces exerted a powerful influence on later Flemish painting.


Stilleben in Europa, Münster, Baden-Baden