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Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, 1686 - 1755)
Brush and black ink, gray wash, heightened with white gouache, on blue paper
31.1 × 26 cm (12 1/4 × 10 1/4 in.)
This drawing by Jean-Baptiste Oudry illustrates a fable by poet Jean de La Fontaine. The fable is based on a myth told in Niccolò Machiavelli's novel Mandragola.
Employed as a tapestry designer by day, Oudry worked after hours over a five-year period to produce 276 illustrations for De La Fontaine's Fables. The drawings are rich in contrast, with dark ink and white