The ‘Beast of Gévaudan’ was a wolf-like predator who roamed the countryside of the Haute-Loire region of France, killing more than 200 peasants throughout 1764. This mysterious animal forms part of the basis of a new exhibition by Walton Ford, whose detailed paintings echo the style of naturalist illustrations. Other inspirations: “aristocratic hunting traditions gone wrong”, “brutal killings that went unanswered… animal hysteria,” he recently told the New York Times.
Showcasing 15 new paintings alongside a retrospective of works, this exhibition marks the first time Ford has exhibited in France. Curated by former French cultural attaché to the United States, Jérôme Neutres, the collection is placed throughout the ground floor of the museum, among trophy heads, muskets and taxidermy animals.
Walton Ford runs until 14 February 2016 at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Marais, Paris.