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Hubert Robert
LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES BY A MILL
Estimate
5,0007,000
JUMP TO LOT
62
Hubert Robert
LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES BY A MILL
Estimate
5,0007,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Old Master Drawings

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Hubert Robert
PARIS 1733 - 1808
LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES BY A MILL

Catalogue Note

Robert was in Rome from 1754 to 1765.  He was sent to the French Academy by the Comte de Stainville (later the Duc de Choiseul) and seems to have established himself there quickly, earning a good report as well as commissions.  Aside from studying classical antiquities and architecture, the students were urged to go out and draw in the countryside.  Robert also studied extensively the ancient ruins, particularly the Forum, providing himself with ample motifs for future paintings and drawings.

The present black chalk study, large in scale, depicts a mother and child in front of a mill.  His inclusion of figures in many of his views not only emphasizes the scale of the buildings but also animates them with scenes of daily activity.  Robert has manipulated his medium of black chalk to create subtle contrasts in the drawing, emphasizing the different dimensions within the mill house. 

Old Master Drawings

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