Carstiaen Luyckx lived in Antwerp all his life, apart from a brief sojourn in Lille, and he trained under Philips de Marlier and Frans Francken III. Much of his output consists of game still lifes influenced by Frans Snyders and especially by Jan Fyt, but at some point (none of his pictures are dated) he came under the influence of Jan Davidsz. de Heem, presumably after the latter moved from Utrecht to Antwerp in the early 1650s. The Herweg picture is an excellent example of Luyckx' response to De Heem: like his fellow Antwerp painter Willem Gabron, he responded to De Heem's style in his own idiosyncratic manner rather than imitating him, as did, for example, Joris van Son.
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