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PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF EMILE WOLF

Jean-Baptiste Oudry
COMBAT OF LIONS AND BEARS
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PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF EMILE WOLF

Jean-Baptiste Oudry
COMBAT OF LIONS AND BEARS
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Details & Cataloguing

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Jean-Baptiste Oudry
PARIS 1686 - 1755 BEAUVAIS
COMBAT OF LIONS AND BEARS
Point of the brush and two shades of grey wash, heightened with white, on faded blue paper;
bears attribution and dating, lower right: JB. oudry / 1753
300 by 444 mm
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Provenance

Leo Franklin, circa 1962-1963;
Emile Wolf, New York,
thence by descent

Exhibited

Montreal, Museum of Fine Arts; Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum; Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fogg Art Museum, Louis XIII - Louis XVI:  French Drawings from a Private Collection, 1980, no. 25
Tampa Museum, Louis XIII - Louis XVI:  French Drawings from a Private Collection, 1982

Literature

H.N. Opperman, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, London 1977, vol. 2, p. 754, no. D653

Catalogue Note

Wild animals in combat was an especially prevalent theme in the work of Oudry, with the frantic encounter depicted in the present drawing a characteristic example. Here the artist depicts an imaginary scene in which lions and bears confront one another in nature's very own battle royale, cleverly using the poses of the quarrelsome animals to create a dramatic, yet unified, composition.

Another drawing also portraying the Combat of Lions and Bears, though dating to 1745 and of a wholly different composition, can be found in the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam.1

1. H.N. Opperman, Op. cit., p. 759, no. D644

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