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THE PROPERTY OF A FAMILY

Jan Fyt
THE SPOILS OF THE CHASE BEING GUARDED BY A DOG, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
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THE PROPERTY OF A FAMILY

Jan Fyt
THE SPOILS OF THE CHASE BEING GUARDED BY A DOG, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
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Jan Fyt
ANTWERP 1611 - 1661
THE SPOILS OF THE CHASE BEING GUARDED BY A DOG, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
signed and dated lower left: .Ioanes. FyT./1649
oil on canvas
137 by 201 cm.; 54 by 79 in.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, Brussels, Giroux, 12 March 1927, lot 32 (Un des chefs-d'œuvre du maître);

With Karl Haberstock, Berlin, 1929;

Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Villa Favorita, Castagnola, Switzerland, by 1930;

Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 3 June 1988, lot 136, where bought by the father of the present owners.

Exhibited

Munich, Neue Pinakothek, Sammlung Schloss Rohoncz, 1930, no. 116.

Literature

R. Heinemann, Sammlung Schloss Rohoncz, Zurich 1937, cat. no. 145;

Idem, 1958, cat. no. 145;

E. Greindl, Les Peintres Flamands de nature morte au XVIIe siècle, Brussels 1956, p. 161;

H. Gerson, in 'Jan Fyt', Kindlers Malerei-Lexikon, 1965, vol. II, p. 514, reproduced in colour p. 513;

J. C. Ebbinge-Wubben, in R. Heinemann (ed.), The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, 1969, vol. I, p. 118, cat. no. 103, reproduced vol. II, plate 191;

E. Greindl, Les Peintres Flamands de nature morte au XVIIe siècle, Sterrebeek 1983, p. 350.

Catalogue Note

After Frans Snyders, his teacher, Jan Fyt is the best known and most accomplished painter of gamepieces in the southern Netherlands. His highly distinctive technique, with frenetic nervous brushstrokes, and his freer and more Baroque compositional style differ radically from those of Snyders, perhaps as a result of an Italian journey in the mid-1630s.

This picture perfectly exemplifies his exuberent and optimistic artistic personality. As J. C. Ebbinge-Wubben put it in his entry for the picture in the Thyssen-Bornemisza catalogue, 'he joins a sense of decorative beauty with a great freedom in construction, a warm colouring and a rich shading of the matière of the past. By contrasting the three hounds to the dead game Fyt achieves a greater liveliness and naturalness in the picture; for the same reason he put the hunting still life against a landscape background'. 

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