In the early years of his career, Aubry worked almost exclusively as a portrait painter, and as such was agréé at the Academie Royale in 1771. He made his debut at the Salon the same year, exhibiting four portraits. His work as a portraitist gradually gave way to an interest in genre painting in the moralizing manner of Jean-Baptiste Greuze, resulting in such works as Paternal Love in The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham.1
Comparable oil sketches by Aubry have appeared on the art market in Monaco in 19872 and in London in 1989.3
1. Birmingham, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, inv. no. 62.10
2. Sale, Monte Carlo, Sotheby’s, 21 June 1987, lot 711
3. London, Matthiesen Fine Art, A Selection of French Paintings 1700-1840 Offered for Sale, 1989, no.18
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