Christie's - Jan 21 2023



Safra Old Master Drawings Lecture & Special Exhibition Viewing

Lecture: "Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!"
Jean-Baptiste Oudry's Animal Illustrations for the Fables of La Fontaine

January 22, 2023; 6:00 pm

20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020


The lecture will focus on an exceptional album of over one hundred and thirty original drawings by Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755), the foremost eighteenth-century animal painter. The album, which will be offered at auction at Christie's New York on 25 January, offers a complete illustration of the first six books of fables by the celebrated French poet Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1696). The drawings, which gained wide popularity in the form of engravings made for lavish illustrated edition of La Fontaine's poems, provide a unique panorama of urban and especially rural life in eighteenth-century France, as well as of Oudry's mastery as draftsman and storyteller.

The lecture will be given by Alan Wintermute, senior consultant at Christie's in the Old Masters Group and a preeminent expert on French paintings and drawings of the eighteenth century.

Jean-Baptiste Oudry (Paris 1686-1755 Beauvais)
Album containing a frontispieces and 138 drawn illustrations for the Fables of Jean de La Fontaine (books I-VI)
Image Courtesy of Christie's
This event is organized in partnership with Christie's.


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