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81
Hubert Robert
THE NEST ROBBERS
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 146,500 USD
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81
Hubert Robert
THE NEST ROBBERS
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 146,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings

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Hubert Robert
PARIS 1733 - 1808
THE NEST ROBBERS
Red chalk, with touches of brown ink on the letters;
inscribed on the stone to the left: SIC VOS/ NON VOBIS/ NIDIFICATIS/ AVES
362 by 285 mm; 14 1/4 by 11 1/4 in
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Provenance

With Galerie Cailleux, Paris (bears their mark, not in Lugt), Les étapes de la création, 1989, no. 42

Exhibited

Paris, Salon de 1767, no. 110;
Leningrad, Hermitage, Hubert Robert et le paysage architectural dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle, 1983, no. 7;
Karlsruhe, Prinz Max Paleis, Von Gluck des Lebens. Französische Kunst des 18 jahrhunderts aus der Staatlichen Eremitage St-Petersburg, 1996, no. 26;
Valence, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Hubert Robert (1733-1808) et Saint-Pétersbourg, les commandes de la famille Impériale et des princes russes entre 1773 et 1802, 1999, no. 49

Literature

Jean de Cayeux, Hubert Robert, Paris 1989, p. 333

Catalogue Note

This large and fresh drawing is characteristic of Robert's style and his use of rich red chalk to create an animated scene.  The lines inscribed on the stone are attributed to Virgil and can be translated as: 'And so, birds, you don't make nests for yourselves.'  A companion drawing, The Flight of Galatea, is similarly inscribed on a stone with lines from Virgil's Eclogues, Book III, verses 64-65.1 

A pair of paintings of these subjects, but with somewhat different compositions, is in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg (see fig. 1).2  The paintings and the drawings can both be dated on stylistic grounds to the 1780s.

Robert, who was inspired by classical architecture and sculpture in his drawings and paintings, here makes use of Virgil's classical pastoral poetry to create very 18th-century pastoral compositions.

1.  J. de Cayeux, Les Hubert Robert de la Collection Veyrene au Musée de Valence, Valence 1985, p. 298, no. 85
2.  I.S. Nemilova, French Painting, Eighteenth Century, The Hermitage, Moscow and Florence 1986, p. 276, no. 201; p. 278, no. 202

 

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