Still Life with Fruit, Dead Partridges, and a Parrot

Jan Fyt, Flemish (active Antwerp), 1611 - 1661


Oil on canvas

29 7/8 x 43 3/4 inches (75.9 x 111.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

* Gallery 264, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 705

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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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.

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