Still Life with Fruit, Dead Partridges, and a Parrot
Jan Fyt, Flemish (active Antwerp), 1611 - 1661
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Like his master Frans Snyders (1579-1657), Jan Fyt was an Antwerp still-life painter who worked in a dynamic, painterly manner rather than a precise, smooth style. In his early years Fyt worked in Paris, but also traveled to Italy. He specialized in flower paintings and animal and game still lifes and was tremendously successful. Fyt displays a love of luxury by combining partridges, victims of a hunt, with an exotic parrot perched amid vines and fruit.