Jean-Baptiste Oudry / A Hare and a Leg of Lamb / 1742Jean-Baptiste Oudry
A Hare and a Leg of Lamb

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Creator Name: Oudry, Jean-Baptiste
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1686 - 1755
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Jean-Baptiste Oudry
Title: A Hare and a Leg of Lamb
Title Type: Primary
Title: Un lièvre et un gigot de mouton
Title Type: Foreign
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1742
Creation End Date: 1742
Creation Date: 1742
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 98.2cm x 73.5cm
Inscriptions: signed lower left: J.B. Oudry / 1742
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1969.53
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Provenance: de Vaize family (Paris sale 1958). Paris sale 1963. E. V. Thaw.
Context: Commissioned to be set into the paneling of a dining room, this painting is a provision de cuisine depicting food awaiting the cooking pot. Dead-game still lifes were quite popular during the 18th century, but here the artist's rendering is especially precise, particularly in the gleaming folds of white fat in the leg of lamb and the furry pelt of the hare. The compelling realism is also heightened by the drop of blood on the animal's nose and the shadow it casts on the stark background wall.Oudry is renowned as one of the outstanding animal painters of the 18th century. Some of his best work was done as a tapestry designer, and he was head of the Beauvais and Gobelins factories from 1734 and 1736 respectively. He published a treatise on painting in 1752.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1969.53
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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