Hubert Robert, 1733–1808
June 26 – October 2, 2016
West Building, Main Floor, Northeast Galleries
Architectural Capriccio with the Port of Ripetta and the Pantheon, 1760, pen and ink with wash and watercolor over chalk on paper that appears to be partially prepared. Collection of Jean Bonna, Geneva
A Hermit Praying in the Ruins of a Roman Temple, c. 1760, oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Architectural Fantasy with a Triumphal Bridge, c. 1760, chalk. National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Armand Hammer Collection, 1987
The Water Theater of the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, 1762, pen and ink with wash and watercolor and touches of white gouache, over graphite on two joined sheets. Albertina, Vienna
Archaeologists at the Temple of Vespasian, 1762, chalk. Private collection
The Oval Fountain in the Gardens of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli, c. 1763, chalk over graphite. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Phillips, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1990
Fountain in a Park, 1763/1765, chalk. The Art Institute of Chicago, Restricted gift of Margaret Day Blake
The Discoverers of Antiquities, c. 1765, oil on canvas. Musée de Valence, Art et Archéologie
The Pantheon with the Port of Ripetta, 1766, oil on canvas. École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, on deposit from the Département des Peintures du Musée du Louvre
Architectural Capriccio with Ancient Monuments, 1766/1767, two shades of red chalk. Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts Graphiques, Paris
Stair and Fountain in the Park of a Roman Villa, c. 1770, oil on canvas. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of the Ahmanson Foundation
An Ancient Circular Temple in a Wooded Landscape, c. 1770, chalk. Private collection, U. K.
The Ponte Salario, c. 1775, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1952
View of the Tapis Vert at Versailles, 1777, oil on canvas. Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles
The Studio of an Antiquities Restorer in Rome, c. 1783, oil on canvas. Lent by the Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey
The Landing Place, 1788, oil on canvas. The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Richard T. Crane
The Monuments of Paris, 1788, oil on canvas. Collection Power Corporation of Canada, Montreal
Landscape with Arcadian Shepherds, 1789, oil on canvas. Musée de Valence, Art et Archéologie
An Inmate of Saint-Lazare Prison, 1794, pen and ink and watercolor. Collection Andrea Woodner
View of the Grande Galerie of the Louvre in Ruins, 1796, oil on canvas. Musée du Louvre, Département des Peintures, Paris
Demolition of the Château de Meudon, 1806, oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased in part with funds realized from the sale of paintings donated by Peter and Iselin Moller, Dr. Walter S. Udin, and Howard Young
This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.
Overview: One of the most prominent artists of his era,
In addition to being a talented landscape painter, Robert was a gifted and prolific draftsman, an engaging printmaker, an interior decorator, and a garden designer. Lively, intelligent, and much sought after, this good-humored, well-loved bon vivant moved easily through the most exalted circles of Paris’s society, even though his own parents had been personal attendants in an aristocratic household. He later addressed the demise of this glittering world through representations of contemporary events such as the vandalizing of royalist monuments and the destruction of the Bastille prison during the French Revolution. Imprisoned himself, he narrowly escaped the guillotine and upon his release completed a series of meditative depictions of the newly created Musée du Louvre, where he served as curator until his death in 1808. With some 50 paintings and 50 drawings, this monographic exhibition, coorganized by the National Gallery of Art and the Musée du Louvre, is the first in more than 80 years to encompass his entire career and to survey his achievements as both a painter and a draftsman.
Organization: The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
Sponsors: The exhibition is made possible through the leadership support of the Leonard and Elaine Silverstein Family Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.
It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Catalog: Hubert Robert. By Margaret Morgan Grasselli and Yuriko Jackall. Washington, D.C. : National Gallery of Art, 2016.
Other Venues: Musée du Louvre, Paris, March 9–May 30, 2016