(b. 1579, Antwerpen, d. 1657, Antwerpen)

Vegetable Still-Life

c. 1600
Oil on canvas, 144 x 157 cm
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe

This still-life from the collection of Margrave Hermann von Baden-Baden, which has - probably correctly - been ascribed to Frans Snyders, may have belonged to Rubens at one time. It is one of the few examples of early 17th-century Flemish paintings which do not show market or kitchen scenes but the agricultural sphere of the production itself. However, it is worth noting that the farmer's labour, as a source of the new wealth, has been completely delegated to the background (small section in the top right corner).

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