The National Museum of Western Art

update 03 July 2017

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Hubert Robert [Paris, 1733 - Paris, 1808]

Imaginary View of Rome with the Horse-Tamer of the Monte Cavallo and a Church

Date1786
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)161 x 107
Credit LinePurchased
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1977-0002
Imaginary View of Rome with the Horse-Tamer of the Monte Cavallo and a Church

This pair of paintings was created after Robert returned from Italy and was at the height of his artistic powers. As shown by his numerous landscapes, in this Roman Fantasy Robert gathered far-flung masterpieces from antiquity, such as the statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Campidoglio and Trajan's Column, and depicted them in the same composition. Robert received invitations from the Russian queen Ekaterina in 1782 and again in 1791, reflecting his fame in Russia at the time. He never actually went to Russia; however, he sent several of his works in his place. This pair of paintings was possibly originally part of a Russian aristocratic collection. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.53)

Provenance

Comte Lazareff; St. Petersburg; Princess Curousoff; Princess Paley, femme du Grand Duc Paul, Tsarskoe Seloe, St. Petersburg; V., Christie, Mnson & Woods, London, 21 juin 1929, 40; Jacques Seligmann, Paris, 1926; Landon K. Throne, New York, 1931; Eugène Victor Thaw, New York; Xavier Fourcade, New York; Artemis, Bruxelles; Purchased by the NMWA, 1977.

Exhibition History

1978
European Landscape Painting, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 September 1978 - 26 October 1978, cat. no. 38, repr.
1978
European Landscape Painting, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu, 3 November 1978 - 15 January 1979, cat. no. 36
1997
Resonating Love and Life: European Art from National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Nagaoka, 12 April 1997 - 18 May 1997, cat. no. 13
2012
Hubert Robert: Les jardins du Temps, The National Museum of Western Art , 6 March 2012 - 20 May 2012, cat. no. 98

Bibliography

1929
Catalogue of Ancient and Modern Pictures & Drawings formed by Her Highness Princess Paley. Christie, Manson, & Woods, London, 1929, repr, no. 40.
1961
Seligmann, Germain. Merchants of Art: 1880-1960, Eighty Years of Professional Collecting. New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1961, pl. 32.
1977
Koshi, Koichi. Sekai no Meiga. No. 2, Tokyo, 1977, p. 101, col. repr.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 25, repr.
1979
Gazette des Beaux-Arts. ser. 6, tome 93, Apr. 1979, "Chronique des Arts", p. 68, no. 340, repr.
1979
Annual Bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 12 (1977), 1979, Koshi, Koichi. New acquisitions 1977 (Painting). pp. 10-11, New acquisitions (Catalogue). pp. 16-18, repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 244, repr.
1999
Hubert Robert (1733-1808) et Saint-Pétersbourg: Les commandes de la famille impériale et des princes russes entre 1773 et 1802 (exh. cat.). Musée de Valence, 1999, p. 107.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 69, col. repr.

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