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The Flemish artist Frans Snijders specialised in painting both live and dead animals. Here, the head of a wild boar, a large lobster and a dead stag form a lavish still-life, along with the artichokes and the basket filled with fruit.

The scene by the window, with a parrot and a cat fighting, is characteristic of Snijders’ work. It was a way of making his paintings come to life.

Details

  • Title: Still Life with a Dead Stag
  • Creator: Snijders, Frans
  • Date Created: c. 1650
  • Physical Dimensions: h121 cm x w180.3 cm
  • Provenance: Sale Amsterdam, A. Mak, 1 December 1925, lot 88; purchased with funds collected on the occasion of Wilhelm Martin’s 25th anniversary as director, 1926
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: canvas

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