Lot 365
  • 365

Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld

25,000 - 35,000 USD
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  • Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld
  • An Italianate Landscape
  • signed lower right: Bidauld 17??
  • oil on canvas

Catalogue Note

After studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld moved to Paris in 1783 and was fortunate enough to spend the summer training with Joseph Vernet, painting in the forests of Fontainebleau1. This brief tutelage was to have a profound effect on the young artist, and the works produced during his sojourn in Italy in 1785-1790 employ a romanticizing use of sunlight reminiscent of Vernet’s sweeping landscapes. The present canvas can be placed amongst a group of Italianate landscapes painted directly from nature during this period of the artist’s career, all of a similar small size:  see, for example, his Italianate landscape with a hillside village, sold in these rooms 18 May 2006, lot 220 and An afternoon view of the town of Marino with the forest beyond, sold in these rooms 25 January 2007, lot 78. Bidauld returned to Paris in 1791, where he enjoyed almost immediate acclaim at the Salon and was awarded the Prix d’encouragement in 1792.

1. See Claude to Corot: The Development of Landscape Painting in France, exhibition catalogue, New York 1990, p. 271.