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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Alexandre-François Desportes

Posted by Charley Parker at 4:05 pm

Alexandre-Francois Desportes
French painter Alexandre-François Desportes (sometimes, just “François Desportes”), who was active in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, specialized in animals and still life.

He often combined the two in the kind of still life that featured game along with fruits and other objects. Some of these were arranged as elaborate tableaux, combined interior and landscape elements and featured the hunting dogs along with the spoils. These were frequently royal commissions in which the king had a record of his royal hunting parties, and from which detailed tapestries were made.

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  1. Comment by lorette
    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

    I’m familiar with ‘Chat projetant sa tĂȘte en avant’, but I prefer his simple French duck/canard drawing. http://www.culture.gouv.fr/Wave/image/joconde/0364/m009401_94-000569_p.jpg
    Why do people always think of food with the word duck?

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