17th Flemish School, “hunting Scene” Pair Of Monogrammed Oil On Copper


“Hunting scene with dogs”, pair of GDR monogrammed paintings, oil on copper, Flemish school of the 17th century, workshop of Frans Snyders.

Frans Snyders or Snijders (Antwerp, 11 November 1579 – id. 19 August 1657) is a Flemish Baroque painter, a pupil of Pieter Bruegel the Younger and Hendrick van Balen, specializing in still life and animal painting. 1597 under the leadership of Peter II Bruegel.
In 1610, he participated in the important workshop of Rubens. His production consists mainly of still lifes and hunting scenes where, to the descriptive tendency, he opposes, without losing anything in clarity or monumental evidence, a dynamic vision. He ran a large workshop to respond to his orders for paintings.

Careful examination of pigments and signs of aging places these paintings in the first half of the 17th century, when Snyders’ workshop was in operation, and confirms the thesis that the monogramist GDR was part of this same workshop. On the other hand, the scenes are full of that dynamism so dear to the master: the dogs jump, depending on the composition, on the deer or the wolf, some fall, others arrive, others again, wounded, they lie on the ground in a grimace of pain. The bright red of the blood, the color of the furs of the dogs animate the scene surrounded by the dark green of the forest: a hunting scene is transformed into a combat scene.

Oil on copper mounted on frame. Both are monogrammed “G.D.R.” down. In 18th century blackened and gilded wood frames.


Copper cm 24 x 17.5
Frame 35 x 28.5

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