Antique Belgian fruits of the hunt still life by François Joseph HUYGENS (1820-1908). Framed oil painting on canvas. Depicting a hunting trophy / trophée de chasse deer beside a bouquet of flowers in a vase, a hunting horn and powder flask hanging in the background. Signed lower left: Huygens, dated 1883 and with the word 'composit'. In overall good antique condition with general wear. In a gilt gesso wood frame, which does show age wear and chipping. Frame measures 16 1/2" x 12 1/8".
François Joseph HUYGENS ( b. 1820 in Brussels, Belgium - d. 1908 in Kortenberg, Belgium). A painter of fruit, floral, and game still lifes, François-Joseph Huygens enrolled at the Academy in his native Brussels, where he was especially influenced by hi study of Flemish and Dutch artists of the Renaissance. From them he learned to utilize light and shade as well as rich colors to give his still lifes a tactile, sensual quality. Early in his career he worked as a decorator of porcelain with Jean-Baptiste Robie (1821-1910), whose lush and ornamental still lifes had a profound effect on his near-contemporary's developing style. Huygens exhibited regularly in Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp; he also exhibited in Paris and London where he was awarded a medal by the Royal Academy.
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