View of the Bridge and Part of the Town of Cava, Kingdom of Naples

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View of the Bridge and Part of the Town of Cava, Kingdom of Naples


Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld (French, 1758 - 1846)




Naples, Italy (Place created)


1785 - 1790


Oil on paper laid down on canvas


20.5 x 27.5 cm (8 1/16 x 10 13/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Anonymous gift in honor of John Walsh

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Jean Joseph-Xavier Bidauld painted this landscape while on a five-year sojourn in Italy, where he developed his distinct style by making studies directly from nature. This southern Italian view encompasses many features common in his work; a stretch of fertile terrain, picturesque architecture, a source of water, and a majestic, craggy mountain in the distance. Silvery morning light dances across the undulating planes, rendered in soft blues, greens, and browns, and highlighted with autumnal yellows. The extraordinary freshness and precision that characterizes this painting conveys the immediacy of nature's impression on Bidauld, and explains why, upon hearing his name, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot was moved to exclaim: "Bidauld! Ah! But gently, now, he wasn't just anybody, he was at times truly a master, and one of the finest. Certain of his small canvases are masterpieces, and full of fine example and sound counsel for all of us, young and old alike."

- 1794

Possibly Augustus-Gabriel Godefroy [sold, Maison de Bullion, Paris, April 2, 1794, lot 62 ("Vue de Ponte della Cave, sur la route de Naples à Pestum"), to Bouquet.]

1794 -

Possibly Bouquet

- 1998

Private Collection (France) [sold, Hôtel des ventes Michel Colombe, Tours, October 11, 1998, to Simon Dickinson Inc.]

1998 - 2001

Simon Dickinson, Inc. (New York), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001.

Rome and the Campagna: Oil Sketches by Auguste Jean-Baptiste Vinchon and Other French Artists (May 6 to June 3, 1999) (Cat. 28)
  • Simon Dickinson, Inc. (New York), May 6 to June 3, 1999
Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800 (September 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009) (no cat.)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009