Oudry was the leading animal and still life painter of his day. In the mid-1720s, when this painting was made, Oudry began receiving royal commissions from Louis XV and soon became one of the king’s favorite artists. Hunt still life paintings such as this were phenomenally popular during the first half of the eighteenth century. The brilliantly painted elements exemplify Oudry’s ability to depict texture and tone in a variety of contrasting materials. His acute observations of landscape lie behind Corot and the Barbizon tradition a century later.
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- Titles Still Life with Dead Game and Peaches in a Landscape (Proper)
- Artist Jean-Baptiste Oudry, French, 1686 - 1755
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 31 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (80 x 100.3 cm) frame: 42 1/8 × 50 7/8 × 3 3/4 in. (107 × 129.2 × 9.5 cm)
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase with additional funds provided by Henry S. Lynn, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Lee McGriff III, and Margaret Gresham Livingston, AFI.8.2004
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Inscription Frame, top rail, along center, in white chalk: N6 [illegible] Frame, left rail, center, in white chalk: N[5?] [sideways] Frame, right rail, along center, in white chalk: [illegible], [sideways] (painting has been relined) Verso, top stretcher bar, upper right corner, in black ink: 27925 Verso, right stretcher bar, center, in white chalk: R80 [sideways] Verso, right stretcher bar, upper right, stamped in black: BW155 [sideways] Verso, center bar, lower half, in white chalk: N2[illegible] [sideways] Verso, bottom stretcher bar, center, in white chalk: [illegible]
- Provenance Possibly François Louis de Bourbon, le Grand Conti (1664–1709); possibly auctioned at his sale Paris, April 8–June 6, 1777, lot 685, as “Un Lievre & des perdrix dans un paysage” [see note 1]; possibly purchased by L’Herault [see note 2]. Dealer Silvano Lodi, Campione d'Italia, Switzerland, in 1974. Private collection, by 1977 [see note 3]. Auctioned at Christie’s, London, April 10, 1981, lot 79. Private collection, Switzerland [see note 4]; dealer Wildenstein Tokyo, by April 1990 [see note 5]. Wildenstein & Co., Inc, New York, by 2003 [see note 6]; purchased by the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 2004
1. The description of the lot matches AFI.8.2004. Neither in his 1972 nor 1977 catalogues raisonnés does Hal Opperman associate this sale with AFI.8.2004. See Opperman, Hal N. Jean Baptiste Oudry. Vol. 2. New York and London: Garland, 1977. no. P495A.
2. Buyer according to catalogue annotated by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, National Library of France.
3. Silvano Lodi and private collection are according to Opperman, 1977. no. P495A.
4. According to a report given to the Birmingham Museum of Art by Wildenstein & Co. in 2004.
5. Wildenstein Tokyo was listed as the lender of AFI.8.2004 for the exhibition The Silent Dialogue: Still Life in the West and Japan. Shizuoka-keu, Japan: Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan, April 21, 1990 - June 10, 1990. No. I-3.
6. The Birmingham Museum of Art and Wildenstein & Co. began corresponding about the purchase of AFI.8.2004 in 2003.