Louis XV Stag Hunting in the Forest at Saint Germain-en-Laye
Oudry was the greatest animal painter of the 18th century. He was also the Director of the Manufacture Royale de Beauvais tapestry workshop and the painter of the royal hunt. Louis XV was a keen hunter who knew the name of every one of the dogs in the pack. Oudry’s work, painted for the hunting pavilion in Marly, brings together the genres of animal painting and landscape. Close attention to reality and precision in the detail are the qualities required for this type of composition. Oudry renders the moment of the halloo in a clearing in the forest of Saint Germain marvellously well.