Landscape with Ruins

Object Details

Title:

Landscape with Ruins

Artist/Maker(s):

Hubert Robert (French, 1733 - 1808)

Culture:

French

Date:

1772

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brush and brown and blue washes, over black chalk

Dimensions:

57.2 x 78.1 cm (22 1/2 x 30 3/4 in.)

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Small figures of peasants and their animals happily prepare their washing, rest, or fish around the large columns of a ruined Roman temple, which serves as the focus and setting of this drawing. A bulky tree opposite the temple balances the composition, reaching up to the sky with its picturesque, crooked branches.

Hubert Robert was the first artist to make ancient ruins the main focus of his landscapes rather than placing them in the background as picturesque accessories. He made many such drawings during his time in Italy and then used them as the basis for the paintings he made later in France. This scene may represent a specific temple that Robert visited in Rome and knew from engravings.

Provenance

Comte Jacques de Bryas

de Jonge Collection (Paris)

Mitchell Samuels

Art Market (New York), New York

April 4-6, 1898

Galerie Georges Petit, lot 149

Exhibitions
French and English Art Treasures (December 20 to December 30, 1942)
  • Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, December 20 to December 30, 1942, (Cat. no.111)
The Intimate Notion (October to November 1967)
  • Spencer A. Samuels & Company, Ltd., (Santa Monica), October to November, 1967, (Cat. 36)
Fragonard and His Friends (November 20, 1983 to February 6, 1984)
  • Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, FL), November 20 to February 6, 1983, (Cat. catalogue by M.L. Grayson 53)
Drawn Toward Nature: Landscapes and Gardens in Ancién-Regime France (June 13 to August 27, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 13 to August 27, 1995, (Cat.)
Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th Century Motion Picture (2000) (March 14 to May 28, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 14 to May 28, 2000, (Cat.)
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001, (Cat.)
A Revolutionary Age: Drawing in Europe, 1770-1820 (January 18 to May 1, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 18 to May 1, 2005, (Cat.)
Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th Century Motion Picture (March 14 to June 18, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 14 to June 18, 2006, (Cat.)
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes (July 28 to November 1, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 28 to November 1, 2009, (Cat.)