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Jean-Baptiste Oudry
 
 
 
 
Jean-Baptiste Oudry, (born March 17, 1686, Paris, France—died April 30, 1755, Beauvais), French Rococo painter, tapestry designer, and illustrator, considered one of the greatest animal painters of the 18th century.

Oudry first studied portrait painting with Nicolas de Largillière, a portraitist of Parisian society, through whom he made many connections. His early portraits are often arcadian in setting and tender and sentimentally charming in the Rococo tradition. In his early career he executed many still lifes that were used as decorative inserts for paneled rooms. After he was made a member of the French Royal Academy in 1719, his work consisted largely of animal paintings, tapestry designs, and book illustrations.

In 1734 Oudry was made head of the Beauvais tapestry works. Some of his designs brought the company wide fame, such as those for the tapestry series “Country Amusements” (1730), “Moliere’s Comedies” (1732), and “The Fables of La Fontaine” (1736). The designs for the last series were related to the 277 illustrations Oudry did for a four-volume edition of the Fables. His other book illustrations included those for editions of Don Quixote and Le Roman comique. In 1736 he was made inspector general of the Gobelins tapestry factory and designed a series of tapestries (1736–49) depicting the hunts of Louis XV. He was also commissioned to paint the dogs of the king’s pack and was appointed official painter of the royal hunts. Oudry’s tapestries, like his paintings, were highly regarded for their tonal subtlety and lively study of nature. Among his later still lifes is the well-known “White Duck” (1753), a tour de force of precise drawing and delicate white-on-white tonalities. Oudry’s services were sought not only by Louis XV but by Tsar Peter the Great of Russia, the queen of Sweden, and the prince of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

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Allegory of Europe
1722
Oil on canvas
Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston





Henri Camille, Chevalier de Beringhen
1722
Oil on canvas, 147 x 114 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington





Dead Roe
1721
Oil on canvas, 193 x 260 cm
Wallace Collection, London





Dead Wolf
1721
Oil on canvas, 193 x 260 cm
Wallace Collection, London





Farmhouse
1750
Oil on canvas, 130 x 212 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris





Hound with Gun and Dead Game
1740
Oil on canvas
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm




Boar Hunt
1731
Oil on panel, 59 x 47 cm
Private collection





Stag Hunt
1731
Oil on panel, 59 x 47 cm
Private collection





Misse and Luttine
1729
Oil on canvas, 98 x 132 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington





Dog Pointing a Partridge
1725
Oil on canvas, 129 x 162 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg





Still-life with Pheasant
1763
Oil on canvas, 97 x 64 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris




Still-Life with Fruit
1721
Oil on canvas, 74 x 92 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

 
 
 
 

The White Duck, which was stolen in 1990
 
 
 
 
 

Still Life with Dead Game and Peaches in a Landscape
 
 
 
 
 

Chatte et chaton, et Chien et perroquet.
 
 
 
 
 

Dog Guarding Dead Game
 
 
 
 

Clara the rhinoceros in Paris in 1749
 
 
 

 
 
 
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