Jean-Baptiste Oudry

1686 - 1755
Origin: France
Born: March 17, 1686, Paris, France
Died: April 30, 1755, Beauvais, France

Jean-Baptiste Oudry followed in his father's footsteps to become a painter; Jacques Oudry had been a painter and art dealer in Paris and encouraged his son to pursue a career in art, as well. The younger Oudry began his studies at age eighteen with the Marseilles-based painter Michel Serre in 1704. The next year found Oudry beginning a five-year apprenticeship with Nicolas de Largillierre and also attending classes in drawing at the Academie de St-Luc and the Academie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris. By 1708, based on his submission of a bust of Saint Jerome, Oudry had gained the status of master in the Academie de St-Luc.

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Study of Two Birds
n.d., Black and White Chalk on Paper
Jean-Baptiste Oudry
France, 1686 - 1755