Water Spaniel Confronting a Heron

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Jean–Baptiste Oudry ( French, 1686 - 1755 )

DATE:
1722
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General Description

We are face-to-face with a ferocious heron confronting a snarling water spaniel in this almost life-sized painting. The artist’s keen understanding of the characteristics of each species allows us to believe this staged scene could almost be real.