Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
The fruit and vegetables in these small coppers are unquestionably at the source of Pieter Snyers’ success. With these two delightful still lifes, the painter joins the ranks of the best painters of the genre. There is no need for artifice, just nature. Through a cleverly constructed, multi-coloured mass of victuals, the painter expresses the full extent of his talent. He invites the viewer to look and touch, and who wouldn’t be tempted to pluck one of these appetising fruits? The composition is also particularly stunning: cabbages, apples, bulbs and other tubers seem to be rolling towards the viewer. Using bright, extreme colours, Pieter Snyers shows the Flemish-style tables at their best, richly-laden and ready for a feast, enhanced by a stoneware pitcher. This year’s harvest was clearly good, as shown by the beauty of the round, fresh, plump fruit and vegetables.
Antwerp 1681 – 1752
Pieter Snyers first learnt how to draw at the Academy of Antwerp before being introduced to painting in the studio of Alexander Van Bredael in 1694. He became a master of the Guild of Saint Luke in 1707. Snyers executed a large number of paintings during a stay in England between 1720 and 1726. His vast collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings was sold in Antwerp in 1752. Among his eclectic body of work, he is known for his small format paintings including landscapes, portraits, genre scenes, flowers and especially still lifes. His nephew and pupil Pieter-Jan (Antwerp 1696 – 1757) was also fond of hunting subjects and was a keen collector.