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Hubert Robert

A fountain in a park | Les lavandières à la fontaine

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 EUR

From a French Private Collection | Provenant d'une collection particulière française

Hubert Robert

Hubert Robert

A fountain in a park | Les lavandières à la fontaine

A fountain in a park | Les lavandières à la fontaine

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 EUR

Lot sold:

47,880

EUR

Hubert Robert

Paris 1733 - 1801

A fountain in a park


Oil on panel

35,7 x 40,8 cm ; 14 by 16 in.

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Hubert Robert

Paris 1733 - 1801

Les lavandières à la fontaine


Huile sur panneau

35,7 x 40,8 cm ; 14 by 16 in.

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Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 29 May 1914, lot 18;

Where bought by the family of the present owner;

Thence by descent. 

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Vente anonyme, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 29 mai 1914, lot 18 ;

Où acquis par la famille du propriétaire actuel ;

Puis par descendance. 

Not seen on the market for more than a hundred years, this charming scene of washerwomen clearly recalls the landscapes that Hubert Robert had been able to admire in Italy over eleven years. After initial training in Paris in the studio of the sculptor Michel-Ange Slodtz (1705-1764), Hubert Robert moved to Rome in 1754, at the age of twenty-one.


While in Italy, the artist worked tirelessly, painting a large number of drawings from life which he then used to create his painted compositions. The sculptures shown in the present painting are probably taken from various villas he would have visited: in particular, the two bronze sitting lions appear in a number of his compositions.


Fascinated by the harmony between nature and classical architecture that he discovered in Italy, he depicted it again and again, while being careful always to vary his compositions. The washerwomen are a recurring motif in Hubert Robert’s work: he liked to populate his landscapes, while always preserving the gentle harmony and poetry for which he would become famous.


Hubert Robert’s artistic personality is encapsulated in this work: he gives this scene of domestic life a lyrical dimension, depicting the washerwomen bending over a majestic fountain surrounded by sculptures. The warm colours help to convey the atmosphere and light that are so uniquely Italian.


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Inédite sur le marché de l’art depuis plus de cent ans, cette charmante scène de lavandières rappelle évidemment les paysages italiens que Hubert Robert a pu admirer onze années durant. Après une première formation à Paris dans l’atelier du sculpteur Michel-Ange Slodtz (1705-1764), Hubert Robert s’installe à Rome dès 1754, à l’âge de 21 ans.

Durant son séjour italien, l’artiste travaille sans relâche, exécutant sur le motif un grand nombre de dessins lui servant ensuite à réaliser ses compositions peintes. Les sculptures représentées dans notre tableau sont probablement issues de différentes villas où il a pu se rendre : l’on retrouve notamment les deux lions assis en bronze dans nombre de ses compositions.


Fasciné par cette harmonie entre la nature et l’architecture antique qu’il découvre en Italie, il n’aura de cesse de la représenter, en ayant soin de toujours varier ses compositions. Les lavandières sont un motif récurrent dans l’œuvre d’Hubert Robert, qui se plaît à peupler ses paysages, en conservant toujours cette douce harmonie et cette poésie qui feront sa renommée.


Toute la personnalité d’Hubert Robert s’exprime dans cette œuvre : il confère une dimension poétique à cette scène de la vie quotidienne, représentant des lavandières penchées sur une majestueuse fontaine encadrée de sculptures. A l’aide de coloris chauds, il transcrit sur la toile cette atmosphère et cette lumière propres à l’Italie.