Frans Snyders was a Belgian painter born in 1579. He specialized in still life painting and is known for having painted motifs containing fruit, vegetables and flowers, as well as animal representations. At the age of 14, he began an apprenticeship with Pieter Breugel the Younger and later became a master in Antwerp from 1603.
Snyders' talent for depicting flora and fauna made a strong impression on his contemporary, the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens. The two artists collaborated on several works. Snyders' animal depictions were often exceptionally realistic and detailed, and his technique eventually became known for being very lifelike.
Snyders' works were often large and imposing, and they were used to decorate large mansions and palaces. He was one of the most sought-after artists of his time, and his works can now be found in several of the world's most prestigious art museums.
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