Dog Guarding Dead Game

Jean-Baptiste Oudry French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 632

Although accepted to the French Royal Academy at the highest level, as a history painter, Oudry made his career as an animal painter. Technically a lesser genre, it was also wildly popular among his patrons, who were often hunters. Oudry exhibited this painting and the nearby Ducks Resting in Sunshine at the Salon of 1753. He rendered each species’ fur and feathers exactingly, but the ruined wall and suspended trophies of the hunt impart a characteristic degree of artifice to the scene.

Dog Guarding Dead Game, Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, Paris 1686–1755 Beauvais), Oil on canvas

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