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Still Life with Monkey, Fruits, and Flowers

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Jean Baptiste Oudry
French, 1686–1755

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Jean-Baptiste Oudry received numerous commissions from Louis XV of France, who admired his skill as a painter of animals and still lifes. The artist frequently combined his two specialties, as in this work, in which a monkey, an animal celebrated in this period for its mischievous and lustful character, snatches a few grapes. The French Rococo taste for the sensual is manifest in the lush, overripe quality of the fruits and flowers, reminiscent of 17th-century Flemish works that Oudry is known to have studied. Paintings such as this typically adorned dining rooms as part of an overall decorative scheme.


On View, Gallery 216


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jean-Baptiste Oudry


Still Life with Monkey, Fruits, and Flowers


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed on the base of the architecture, to the right: J.B. Oudry 1724


141.6 × 144.8 cm (55 3/4 × 57 in.)

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Major Acquisitions Centennial Fund

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