LOO, Carle van
(b. 1705, Nice, d. 1765, Paris)

Bear Hunt

Oil on canvas, 184 x 129 cm
Musée de Picardie, Amiens

This painting belongs to a series of nine entitled The Exotic Hunts of Louis XV, all in the Amiens museum. It was the first court commission of Van Loo.

The other paintings of the series: Lion Hunt (by Jean-François de Troy), Leopard Hunt (by François Boucher), Tiger Hunt (by Nicolas Lancret), Elephant Hunt (by Charles Parrocel), Chinese Hunt (by Jean-Baptist Pater), Buffalo Hunt by Charles Parrocel), Ostrich Hunt (by Carle van Loo) and Crocodile Hunt (by François Boucher).

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 9 minutes):
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in B flat major RV 362 op. 8 No. 10 (Hunt)