If we identify the first animal portrait in the « Young Hare » by Dürer in 1502, we must admit that our Venetian friends invented the specialty. Half a century later, "The two dogs" by Jacopo Bassano, then imitated by Tintoretto and Le Titian. Surrounded by a host of animals in his castle of Versailles, Louis XIV asks the painter Alexandre François Desportes to draw the portrait of all his favorite dogs, from 1702. Then from 1725 to 1740, Jean-Baptiste Oudry takes over for Louis XV. Edmond Boiteux is part of this long tradition of animal lovers, destined to immortalize the companions of life.
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