First of all, this painting is an extraordinarily beautiful piece of art, with both meticulous details and true to life emotional state of the figures portrayed. First thing that I noticed about this gorgeous oil and tempera on panel painting was the precise emotional aspect: This work surely shows a development from the powerfully naturalistic and expressive style of his master towards greater refinement and spirituality. This work definitely has a Gothic feel, but the sensitivity of the figures makes it quite disguised.
A daily dip into the world of art Day: My last nine blogs focused on female artists and in many cases their fight for equality and so, for this blog, I thought I better give the men a chance.
I have gone back to the end of the seventeenth century to look at the work of a distinguished French artist whose painting genre was looked upon by the Academies of Europe as the lowest genre in the hierarchies of figurative art. The hierarchical list, the top genre being the most important in the eyes of the Academicians, was: History painting, including historically important, religious, mythological, or allegorical subjects Portrait painting Genre painting or scenes of everyday life.
Landscape and cityscape art Animal painting Still life This hierarchical listing was based on a division between art that made a cerebral effort to render visible the universal essence of things and that which merely consisted of mechanical copying of particular appearances.
Basically, the list meant that Idealism was honoured and more favoured than Realism. Let me introduce you to the Master of animal and still life painting, the French artist Jean-Baptiste Oudry. Oudry was born in Paris on March 17th,the youngest of three brothers. He was to give all his sons their initial art tuition.
Self-portrait of Nicolas de Largillierre.
Inhe first studied with the Marseilles-based Catalan-born French painter Michel Serre, a cousin of the portraitist Hyacinthe Rigaud. Largilliere set Oudry the task to copy the works of the Flemish and Dutch schools of the seventeenth century. Through the teachings of Largillierre Oudry began to perfect his sense of colour and enhance his skills as a painter of still life and portraiture, both genres in which his master had rightly built up his reputation.
He wanted to create his own style of portraiture and not be seen as just copying the style of his former tutor, Nicolas de Largillierre, who was at the peak of his fame.
Although classed as a historical painting, look at the superbly painted surrounding array of fruits, vegetables, and animals.
It was this talent for painting animals and still life objects that would make him famous. These masterpieces were followed by several large hunt pictures, the most notable of which was his large painting almost five metres wide entitled Stag Hunt which was his breakthrough work.
It can now be seen at the Stockholm Royal Palace. Fire of the Petit Pont by Jean-Baptiste Oudry It was around this time that Oudry reduced the number of portraiture commissions he accepted and concentrated on his still-life and hunting scenes which were beginning to become ever more popular.
He even experimented with other genres such as landscapes and cityscapes as can be seen in his painting, Fire of the Petit Pont. Royal patronage soon followed and from onwards, Oudry spent all his time creating royal commissions. Through his honoured royal patronage Oudry became the most visible artist at the Paris Salon of and the following March he was granted his own solo exhibition at the palace of Versailles.
His exhibition was a great success and this along with his paintings at the Salon led to him being offered a position at the royal tapestry works at Beauvais in July where he became the painter of tapestry cartoons. Stag Hunt by Jean-Baptiste Oudry However, his work was in such great demand that he opened his own workshop which produced copies of his works for sale to the public.
Between andJean-Baptiste Oudry concentrated on his still-life and hunting scenes and would exhibit his works at the annual open-air Exposition de la Jeunesse which was held on Corpus Christie in the Place Dauphine and on the adjoining Pont Neuf in Paris which was the only public venue available to him.
The exhibitions, to begin with, were not annual events, in fact they were quite sporadic with only one exhibition being held between and but from they became annual events.
The return to annual exhibitions could be one of the reasons why in Oudry returned to painting and every year after, he would exhibit his works at the Salon. He arranged for Oudry to have a studio and lodgings for himself and his family in the Tuileries Palace, so that he could work on royal commissions.
Henri Camille, Chevalier de Beringhen Occasionally, Oudry painted portraits, one of which was of the twenty-nine-year old, Marquis de Beringhen. Once again, this painting is part portraiture and part still-life with dead game, a living animal, and a landscape.
We see the marquis sitting upon a knoll at the base of a tree. He is splendidly dressed in his linen shirt, a pale grey hunting coat lined with teal-blue velvet and trimmed with silver braid and buttons, breeches, and thigh-length boots.
We see strands of his powdered hair swept back and tied with a black silk ribbon. He holds aloft a red-legged partridge in his left hand and with his right hand he strokes his faithful pointer. To the left, behind the dog we see lying on the ground a powder horn, fowling piece, game, and a game bag.
To the right of the marquis, in the distance, we can just make out two women talking on the terrace of a country house, which may be pure idealization and just included as a befitting noble setting that Oudry had devised for the Marquis de Beringhen.
Inthe Paris Salon held an exhibition, the first sinceand Oudry submitted twelve pictures, including one entitled Grand Buffet but also known as Still Life with Monkey, Fruit and Flowers, which can be seen in the bottom right corner of the November 25th, edition of the French gazette and literary magazine Le Mecure de France.
Salon de as advertised in Le Mecure de France In Oudry provided twenty-six paintings for an exhibition at Versailles. Each of the scenes was drawn with the brush with black ink and grey wash, heightened with white gouache, on sheets of blue paper, with each image surrounded with a wide border brushed on the same sheet in a darker shade of blue, acting as a fictive mount.
It was a massive painting, measuring x cms. Louis XV was a keen and knowledgeable hunter who knew the name of every one of the dogs in the pack.They say that war does things to a man.
World War I certainly did a number on the psyche of Sir Stanley Spencer, one of England’s greatest twentieth-century painters. Born June. In an effort to use art in support of the state, Louis XIV established the Royal Academy of Fine Arts to control matters of art and artistic education by imposing a classicizing style as well as other regulations and standards on art and artists.
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