The donkey ride and the enterprising shepherd.
French painter born in Paris on October 22, 1745 and died in the same city on August 27, 1811.
(Rare pair of watercolor drawings signed by JB Huet in their framing period made around 1770).
Son of Nicolas-Huet, painter of the furniture-stand of the king, Jean-Baptiste-Huet made his apprenticeship with Charles Dagommer (around 1700-1768), member of the Academy of Saint-Luc. He is then accredited at the academy on July 30, 1768 and received academician on July 29, 1769 as an animal painter with a scene depicting "a mastiff flung himself on geese" (Paris, Louvre Museum).
He then follows the advice of Jean-Baptiste the Prince from 1769, and enters the movement of Rococo painters. He exhibited regularly at the Salon until 1789.
He excelled in the pastoral and light scenes, the sheepfolds that attest to the filiation of his style with that of François-Boucher. He worked for the manufacture of canvases Jouy led by Oberkampf providing various skits intended to be printed on cotton canvas. Many examples can be seen at the Detroit Institute of Arts (archive), the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan of Art (archive).
His works also served as tapestry cartoons at the Beauvais factory. The Nissim-de-Camondo Museum (archive) today preserves an example.
Around 1790, Huet is in charge of the reorganization of the Manufacture of Beauvais and Gobelins.
Dimensions: Width 23cm, Height 18 cm
Possibility of a separate sale.