Alexandre-François Desportes (1661-1743, French)

François_Desportes Self Portrait

François Desportes Self Portrait

Alexandre-François Desportes (1661 -1743, French) born in Champigneulle, France, was a French realistic painter of flowers, animals and hunting scenes. His paintings exhibit a strong influence from his teacher Frans Snyders. His first important work was a self-portrait with the artist sitting amongst animals in a landscape scene.  With this work, Desportes caught the eye of the French Royalty and was commissioned to paint decorative panels at Versailles. Both Louis XIV and Louis XV also commissioned him to paint their favorite hunting dogs.

In order to render the most realistic paintings of hunting scenes, Desportes would carry a notebook with him on hunts and sketch.  Some of his works were included in tapestries.

Many of his paintings include cats as thieves or in fights with dogs.  Realistically dramatic, the paintings portray cats’ feral nature.

 

 

Kittens at Play, Alexandre-Francois Desportes, 1661-1743

Kittens at Play

 

 

Alexandre Francois Desportes, Kittens Playing

Kittens Playing

 

 

 

Alexandre Francois Desportes Cat Trying to Steal Food 3

Cat Trying to Steal Food

 

 

Alexandre Francois Desportes Spaniel Attacking Two Cats

Spaniel Attacking Two Cats

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexandre Francois Desportes, A Cat Attacking Dead Game

A Cat Attacking Dead Game

 

 

Alexandre-Francois Desportes Cat and chicken

Detail, Cat and chicken

 

 

 

Alexandre Francois Desportes, Cat Reaching for Chicken, 1743

Cat Reaching for Chicken, 1743

 

 

Alexandre Francois Desportes, Dog Guarding a Chicken from a Cat

Dog Guarding a Chicken from a Cat

 

 

Alexandre Francois Desportes, Still life with cat

Still life with cat

 

Alexandre-Francois Desportes, Cat Stealing Food

Cat Stealing Food

 

 

Alexandre-Francois Desportes Cat Trying to Steal Game

Cat Trying to Steal Game

 

 

 Still Life With a Cat, Alexandre-Francois Desportes, 1724


Still Life With a Cat,
1724

 

 

Still Life with a Cat, detail Alexandre Francois Desportes

Detail, Still Life with a Cat

 

 

Still Life with Dog and Cat, Alexandre Francois Desportes

Still Life with Dog and Cat


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