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Fyt, Jan
Two Hounds (No. 5 in a series of 8: “The Set of the Dogs”)
1642

Jan Fyt trained as a painter of hunting subjects. He later became one of the few Flemings to take up the Italianate rural genre tradition pioneered by Pieter van Laer (1599-after 1642) and his followers, the Bamboccianti. Applying their gritty realism, Fyt has imbued these two scenes with restrained Baroque emotionality, retaining a classical calm. Studying canine behaviour closely, he conjured a tension between the two snarling hounds in the more focused of the two prints. In the other print, by contrast, the dogs are engulfed by the dilapidated ruins they occupy.

 
Fyt, Jan
born Antwerp, Belgium 1611; died Antwerp, Belgium 1661
Two Hounds (No. 5 in a series of 8: “The Set of the Dogs”)
1642
etching on paper, state 2 of 6
17.5 x 22.4 cm
Purchase, Consolidated Fund, 1977
20-052

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