- Reference number
- Snyders, Frans (Flemish)
- The Fruit Girl
- Ca. 1633
- 153 cm x 214 cm
- Género y sociedad
- On display
- Colección Real (Colección del marqués de Leganés, quien se la regaló a Felipe IV; Real Alcázar, 1636, pieza grande antes del dormitorio de S.M. y 1638; Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, sala de conversación, 1772, nº 641; ¿Palacio Real, Madrid, cuarto del príncipe-cámara, 1814-1818, s.n.?).
Frans Snyders' skill at painting still lifes is extraordinarily manifest in this painting. The artist includes the figure of a servant, which gives this painting its name.
Snyders tended to include figures in his large-format works, and those figures were sometimes painted by Rubens, as the two painters often collaborated on works. These figures are generally set at one end or the other of the composition, leaving the remaining space for the depiction of the natural elements, such as fish, game or fruit.
The perfect rendering of the textures of the objects represented and the inclusion of living animals —the parrot that pecks the fruit in the basket, or the monkey smelling a flower— are quite frequent in Snyders' work. And so it the exuberance of the elements, their diversity and the variety of colors employed.
This painting entered the Royal Collection around 1636, when the Marquis of Leganés gave it to Felipe IV.