Hubert Robert by Guillaume Faroult

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Published in connection with the first monographic exhibition of his work at the Louvre and National Gallery of Art, the richly illustrated Hubert Robert reintroduces the artist as much more than a painter of ruins. Five insightful essays highlight Robert’s remarkable scope...
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Known fondly as 'Robert des ruines' because of his penchant for painting ancient ruins, Hubert Robert (1733-1808) was one of France’s most successful and prominent artists during his lifetime. This outstanding publication, which accompanies the first monographic exhibition of his work, illuminates Robert's remarkable artistic achievements and his lasting contributions to French visual culture. Robert's skills were manifold - he enjoyed great success as a painter, draftsman, interior decorator and garden architect. During his time in Rome, he fostered close professional bonds with artists such as Piranesi, Panini and Fragonard, while in Paris he flourished under the patronage of several wealthy French supporters including the Marquis de Marigny, brother of the famed Madame de Pompadour. Robert’s work later addressed the demise of this glittering society through both ominous scenes of disaster and representations of vandalized royalist monuments. Upon his own release from imprisonment following the French Revolution, Robert completed a series of meditative variations on the Grande Galerie of the Musée du Louvre, of which he had been appointed curator in 1784. Thoroughly researched, this scholarly and beautifully produced publication will stand as the definitive book on Robert for many years to come.
 

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Guillaume Faroult is Curator of Paintings at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Yuriko Jackall is Assistant Curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Margaret Morgan Grasselli is Curator and Head of the Department of Old Master Drawings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Catherine Voiriot is a researcher in the Department of Decorative Arts at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
 
Published May 20, 2016 by Lund Humphries. 288 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, History.
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Reviewed by Susan Jaques on Jul 30 2016

Published in connection with the first monographic exhibition of his work at the Louvre and National Gallery of Art, the richly illustrated Hubert Robert reintroduces the artist as much more than a painter of ruins. Five insightful essays highlight Robert’s remarkable scope...

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