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Jean-Baptiste Oudry (Paris 1686-1755 Beauvais)
PROPERTY FROM THE JAMES AND MARILYNN ALSDORF COLLECTION
Jean-Baptiste Oudry (Paris 1686-1755 Beauvais)

Still-life of wading birds and fish by the seashore

Details
Jean-Baptiste Oudry (Paris 1686-1755 Beauvais)
Still-life of wading birds and fish by the seashore
inscribed on the mount 'c f 3120. L.J.B. Oudry fec.' (lower left)
black and white chalk on discolored blue paper
12 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (32 x 42 cm)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 14 January 1992, lot 122.

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Lot Essay

According to Hal Opperman (1992), the Alsdorf sheet probably records one of Oudry's earliest highly finished compositional studies in chalk; previously the artist preferred using pen and ink for such works. Opperman also suggested that this is a study for one of a pair of paintings executed in 1722 and exhibited in Paris in 1724 at the so-called 'Exposition de la Jeunesse', and formerly in the collection of Prince de Conti (see H. Opperman, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, New York, 1977, II, nos. P 445, P464).

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