Gustave Courbet’s  Le Repas de Chasse

Gustave Courbet’s Le Repas de Chasse

Courbet hugely enjoyed the hunt, and at the center of Le Repas de Chasse, he painted himself nearly life-size. Believing himself an embodiment of the hunter, who he considered embodying the spirit of liberty, “un homme libre,” he was proud of his skill, once bragging...
Frear’s The Queen at Balmoral

Frear’s The Queen at Balmoral

According to Stephen Frears and Peter Moran, this hunt picnic at Balmoral Castle,is a key episode in their film The Queen (2007) in which the Queen and her family try to mitigate the grief and notoriety resulting from the death of Princess Diana. Deep in thought,...
Langley’s The Master of Game

Langley’s The Master of Game

When Edward Langley, 2nd Duke of York, translated Gaston’s The Book of the Hunt (1389) into English in 1413, French was still the language of the Court and elsewhere. Whatever Edward had in mind, the translation the signaled the linguistic shift in English society,...
Gaston’s Book of the Hunt

Gaston’s Book of the Hunt

Gaston III, Count of Foix, was nicknamed Phoebus in recognition of his golden hair. He was a second-tier noble whose domain was Béarn, bordering the Pyrenees in southwestern France. Gaston was immensely rich, unlucky in love, delighted to compose poetry, and...