Hubert Robert (French, 1733-1808) Figure Seated Before a Monument
- American & European Works of Art - 2299
- Date / Time :
- November 18, 2005 4:00PM
Hubert Robert (French, 1733-1808)
Figure Seated Before a Monument
Unsigned, initialed for collector Francois Renaud l.r. (see Lugt, 1042).
Watercolor, wash, gouache and graphite on paper, 12 x 8 1/2 in. (30.4 x 21.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Toning and/or fading, not examined out of frame.
N.B. Hubert Robert's artistic career really began when he traveled to Rome to study under Giovanni Paolo Panini. There he began to draw his scenes of ancient ruins, both from life and from his imagination, which would earn him the nickname "Robert des Ruines". While in Rome he also spent time with Jean-Honore Fragonard, from whom he acquired the late Rococo style evident in drawings and paintings such as the one offered here. On his return to Paris, Robert's representation of ancient Italian architecture gained favor with the French, and he subsequently joined the Royal Academy as well as exhibiting at the Salon and receiving important commissions, such as the decoration of Voltaire's theatre. Robert acquired the position of designer of Louis XVI's gardens and curator of the king's collection. Despite this, the artist was imprisoned during the French Revolution, narrowly escaping death when a fellow prisoner of the same name was guillotined by mistake on Robert's scheduled execution date. After this brief period of captivity, Robert again gained approval, and became one of the first curators of the Louvre.