Franz Snyders’ Paintings of Food

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. For some reason, he often included thieves, whether human or animal, in his compositions. His paintings make me think about my place in the food chain

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


kitchen-still-life


still-life-with-monkey


stillife-with-pickpocket

Lots more Snyders paintings at Looky.

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

More art.


~ by lolarusa on November 17, 2008.

2 Responses to “Franz Snyders’ Paintings of Food”

  1. He does seem to be suggesting that gluttony is a little grotesque, doesn’t he?

  2. I think we can safely assume that Mr Snyders was not a vegetarian.

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