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Jan Fyt

(d. 1611)


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(bapt. Antwerp, 15 June 1611; d Antwerp, 11 Sept. 1661).

Flemish painter and etcher, primarily of still life and hunting pieces. He worked mainly in Antwerp, where he was a pupil of Snyders, but he also visited Paris, Italy, and possibly the Netherlands. He had a successful and prolific career and often collaborated with other artists. Fyt's most characteristic paintings are in the Snyders tradition, depicting trophies of the hunt, dead stags, hares, and birds, all treated with a vigorous feeling for texture. His rare flower paintings are exceptionally fine and perhaps more attuned to modern taste.


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