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Hubert Robert
LANDSCAPE WITH A WATERFALL, PAINTED ON AN EARTHENWARE PLATE
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Hubert Robert
LANDSCAPE WITH A WATERFALL, PAINTED ON AN EARTHENWARE PLATE
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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Hubert Robert
PARIS 1733 - 1808
LANDSCAPE WITH A WATERFALL, PAINTED ON AN EARTHENWARE PLATE
signed with initials and inscribed lower right: H.R./SL
oil on earthenware octagonal plate
diameter of painted surface: 7 1/4  in.; 18.9 cm.
diameter of plate: 9 3/8  in.; 23.8 cm.
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Provenance

Claude Catroux, by 1958.

Literature

J. Nicolay, "De Prison d'Hubert Robert," in Connaissance des Arts, No. 74, April 1958, p. 40, reproduced p. 39,  no. 7;
C. Boulot, J. de Cayeux, and H. Moulin, Hubert Robert et la Révolution, exhibition catalogue, Valence 1989, p. 92, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

In October of 1793, Robert was arrested and jailed by the Revolutionary authorities for having failed to renew his citizen's card.  He was held initially at the convent of Sainte-Pélagie and transferred in January of 1794 to the seminary of Saint-Lazare, both of which had been converted for use as a prison.  He was released in August of 1794 after the fall of Robespierre.  While imprisoned, he consoled himself by painting and drawing.  Materials on which to paint were scarce and he began to use the earthenware prison plates on which his food was served as his "canvases."  Many of these works, such as the present example, are signed with the artist's initials followed by the letters "S.L." for Saint-Lazare.  While some of these plates depict scenes of life within the prison, the majority are landscapes.  Other examples can be found in the Musée Carnavalet, Paris; Musée Lambinet, Versailles; Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris; and in numerous private collections.

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