Alexandre François Desportes | Still Life with Silver | The Met
Alexandre François Desportes trained in the Paris studio of Flemish animal painter Nicasius Bernaerts (1620–1678), himself a pupil of Frans Snyders (1579–1657). Desportes was thus exposed to the Flemish still-life tradition from an early age and, having abandoned portraiture after a brief sojourn in Warsaw, he was admitted to the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1699 as an animal painter
Still Life with Fruit, Wanli Porcelain, and Squirrel
Snyders made a handsome living in Antwerp as a painter of animals, hunting scenes, and still lifes. He also contributed these elements to paintings done by other artists, including Peter Paul Rubens. This exuberant and exceptionally well preserved work is painted on copper, a costly support whose smooth surface was ideal for Snyders’s rich coloristic effects, meticulous brushwork, and masterful evocation of varied surfaces and textures.