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J.FYT. "Still life with game". Oil on canvas. 103Х135.5 cm. Signature lower center. 1651 grams.
The work on display is attributed to the famous Flemish painter and printmaker Jan Fyt (1611-1661) as part of a later series of hunting scenes created by the artist.
A monumental canvas in the manner of the Flemish novelists is constructed as a circular composition of a game of bat with a dog and around the diagonal of a hare and a gun. The living and the dead in the circle of being are presented as trophies of excitement and the experience of understanding life. Our agent, a hunting dog, - a keen sincere interest in life unwittingly rests on and is compared to a dead hare. You cannot escape death. The contrast between the desk of an abandoned sling and a barely noticeable shrine in the upper right corner is also indicative - it is the sacred opposition of the vain and the eternal. The apparent power and the power of fate. High moral and ethical and human experiences are a characteristic trace of Flemish novelists in world art. This work is no exception.
The painting consists of many details inherent to the artist on the theme of hunting. First of all, one can note the hunting dog located on the left side of the image, looking at a dead bird lying on the ground, as well as a hare hanging by the paw located in the central part of the image. Figures of animals and birds were created by the artist in a surprisingly realistic way. This work is distinguished by the decorative effect of the composition, the sophistication of the golden color, rich in tonal transitions and nuances of color, the virtuoso transfer of the silky plumage of the birds and the texture of the hair of the animals represented in the image. The contrasts of light and shadow passing through the presented elements of the image help to give them more plasticity and dynamism, which is also facilitated by the inclusion of vertical and horizontal lines in the part of the interior elements depicted in the image, the gun and the silhouette of a tree placed in the background of the work. unusual size, emphasizing the chosen theme of a successful hunt.
On the butt represented by a hunting rifle lying on the ground in the central part of the painting, the artist affixed the signature of the author J. FYT as well as the date 1651.
The painting undoubtedly has artistic and historical significance, being a prime example of the work of artist Jan Fyt during his life in Antwerp.
Dimensions of the canvas: 84.5 x 118.5 cm.
The canvas is duplicated. Traces of damage to the canvas are visible, as well as traces of previous restoration.
The depiction of still-life "hunting" compositions with weapons and slain animals was one of the favorite themes of the works of Dutch artists of the 16th and 17th centuries, which served as ornaments on the walls of hunting lodges and castles. of the European nobility. .
The hunting trophies testified to the prowess of the owners of the house. The entourage of the heads and skins of dead animals, which were attached to the castles, was successfully supplemented by picturesque compositions with hunting scenes and hunting still lifes.
The hunting still lifes created by artists of the 16th and 17th centuries were a kind of message to the world in which the authors of the works deposited the deep meaning and symbolism of this era.
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