Lot 76

Jean-Baptiste OUDRY (Paris, 1686 - Beauvais, 1755), workshop of The Wolf pleading against the Fox in front of the Monkey. Brush and black ink wash, brown wash, black pencil and traces of sanguine, white gouache highlights on many sheets assembled and mounted on canvas. Height. 260, Width. 196 cm. Modern drawn frame border and leaf joined at the bottom to the modern centre. (accidents and restorations, stains). Size annotations: "7 feet 10 p 6 lines"; "first of 3p 7p"; "3rd of 3p 7p". Workshop of Jean-Baptiste OUDRY. The Wolf pleading against the Fox before the Monkey. Brush and black ink, brown ink, black pencil, sanguine traces and white gouache highlights on numerous sheets assembled and mounted on canvas. Bibliography : Jean Locquin, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre de Jean-Baptiste Oudry Peintre du Roi (1686-1755), Archives de l'Art Français, reprint 1968, ed. de Nobele, Paris, p.100, n°534. In 1736, the Beauvais Manufactory asked Oudry for six subjects for a four-piece hanging, the titles of which are as follows: La Lice et sa compagne, Les deux Chèvres, Le Renard et le buste, Le Renard et les raisins, Les Poissons et le Cormoran, Le Loup et le Renard. Locquin specifies that he was unable to identify the boxes because he did not find the tapestries. Between 1729 and 1734, Oudry drew 277 drawings to illustrate the Fables, which were published by Jombert between 1755 and 1759. The engraving for "Le Loup plaisant contre le Renard par-devant le Singe", executed by Sornique, is in the opposite direction of our central subject (opus quoted above, n°961). It was again engraved by Huquier with some differences in the background (opus cited above, no. 1221). "A Wolf said that he had been robbed: A Fox, his neighbor, of a rather bad life, For this alleged robbery by him was called. Before the Monkey he was pleaded, not by lawyers, but by each party. (...) The judge, hearing of their malice, said to them, "I have known you a long time, my friends, And both of you will pay the fine; For you, Wolf, complain, though nothing was taken from you; And you, Fox, have taken what is asked of you." La Fontaine here mainly mocks the judge who condemns on preconceived ideas.