The meteoric rise of the court painter Oudry
Unlike Jean-Baptiste Oudry. His father was the director of the Académie de St-Luc art school, which he attended. With only 22 years he completed his studies in art. He painted mainly portraits at this time under the supervision of Nicolas de Largillière. Only a year later he married the daughter of a mirror maker, Marie-Marguerite froissé. With only 31 years he was a professor at the Académie St-Luc. 1719 Oudry was royale de peinture et de sculpture was added to a company founded by King Louis XIV Artists' Association Académie.
Oudry produced mainly portraits, but devoted his creative life and the still life with fruit and animal painting.Through his friend Jean-Baptiste Massé he got contact with the royal family. Soon he produced his first painting on behalf of King Louis XV, entitled "Louis XV hunting a deer in the Forest of Saint-Germain " (1730). Oudry became the court painter for the royal hunting scenes of King Louis XV. He teach henceforth in the Palais des Tuileries and moved into a apartment in the Louvre in Paris. During this time he made countless oil paintings with hunting scenes and animals.
At the request of Louis Fagon Oudry decorated his home decor with arabesque picture elements as well as flower and bird motifs. This work has been reproduced in a wallpaper manufactory of Beauvais. Oudry was at this time a wealthy man thanks to the many orders from the highest social layer.
The collection of Robert Walpole
The possession of the manor Houghton Hall went in 1797 to the family Cholmondeley over. Jean-Baptiste Oudry's painting "Still Life with White Duck" was thus on the Cholmondeley collection. The painting has the dimensions 95.3 x 63.5 cm. It was stolen in Houghton Hall in 1992 and since then is considered as disappeared. Its value is estimated at around six million euros.