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Cats fighting in a Larder
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1640
Vos, Paul de
Cats fighting in a Larder
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1640
Vos, Paul de

With the owners or house servants away, the animals sneak into the larder, giving free rein to their instincts. This leads to a fight. Scenes of animal fights in domestic settings were customary in mid-seventeenth-century Flemish painting. They were also frequent in the literature of proverbs, where they were interpreted as moral allusions to the abandonment of responsibilities and their consequen

Fable of the dog and the prey
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Paul de
Fable of the dog and the prey
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Paul de

A Bull torn apart by Dogs
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Paul de
A Bull torn apart by Dogs
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Paul de

As an animal painter Paul de Vos was a follower of his brother-in-law and collaborator Frans Snyders although with a more specialist focus on hunting scenes. Both supplied art lovers and collectors with grandiose, very dynamic and on occasions violent scenes of the type fashionable in the first half of the seventeenth century in the Southern Low Countries and throughout Europe.

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