Depicting a popular theme of the time – a post-hunting feast – the painter of this piece remains a mystery. The Musée des Beaux-arts Orléans surmises that is was painted to be hung in the dining room of an important residence, but, although there is speculation, there is no way to ascertain who created it. Dressed elaborately and seated at a low table, the party are crowded together to form a lively impression of movement and atmosphere.
Le Goûter de chasse
Hogarth and Europe
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 251.6 x 203.2 cm Orléans, Musée des Beaux-arts © François Lauginie
The identity of the artist behind Le Goûter de chasse
remains a mystery. The The Musée des Beaux-arts Orléans states that it was previously attributed to Jean-Antoine Watteau or Nicolas Lancret, and more recently André Bouys and François Marot, but there is no way to definitely prove who the artist was.