• Landscape with a Terrace and Cascade

    Artist:
    Robert, Hubert. 1733-1808
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    312x148,5 cm

Robert, Hubert. 1733-1808

Landscape with a Terrace and Cascade

France, 1802

Hubert Robert (1733–1808) was an outstanding landscape and decorative artist, a master of the architectural landscape of “romantic ruins”, known indeed to contemporaries as “Robert des Ruines”. His paintings – more than 50 of them altogether in the Hermitage – are housed in the grand White Hall: the intimate landscapes are on stands near the windows, while on the walls are the large vertical decorative canvases that were intended to adorn just this sort of palatial hall. They are all linked by the nostalgic theme of beauty slipping away into the past, inspired by the countryside and ancient culture of Italy, where the artist spent over ten years in his youth. The studies and drawings that Robert made from life while travelling around Italy were transformed in his finished paintings into pictures imbued with an elegiac mood in which the present life of nature and people continues upon the magnificent ruins of Antiquity, blending into a single image of eternal beauty. For a time, Hubert Robert was responsible for planning the royal gardens, so certain works can be regarded as artistic ideas for the design of parks. In the lower right-hand part of this picture Robert depicted an artist (himself perhaps?) making sketches, while those out for a stroll watch him at his work.

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Landscape with a Terrace and Cascade

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oil

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312x148,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1919; handed over from the Beloselsky-Belozersky (Sergievsky) Palace (the City Museum); formerly in the collection of Grand Duke S.A. Romanov

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ГЭ-5720

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