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Hubert Robert
France 1733−1808
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In 1745-1751 studied with the Jesuits in Paris, the Collège de France, in 1754 went to Rome . Stayed there for 11 years, met Piranesi, which had a big influence on him, Fragonard, and other artists, collectors of art. In 1760 he went with Fragonard in Naples, visited the ruins of Pompeii.

In 1765 he returned to Paris in 1766 was admitted to the Royal Academy of painting and sculpture.

During the French revolution was in October 1793 arrested on suspicion of disloyalty, imprisoned in Sainte-Pelagie, and then in the prison of Saint-Lazare. Released in 1794 after the fall of Robespierre.


Died of apoplexy.

Hubert Robert (Hubert) Hubert (Hubert Robert) (1733-1808), French painter, master of classical landscape of ruins.


Born in Paris on 22 may 1733 in the family of servants of the noble house. Originally received a religious education, suggesting to become a priest. However, the attraction to art led him to the workshops of the Academy of fine arts, where he studied with C. J. Natuar. As a pensioner of the Academy lived in 1754-1765 years in Italy, mainly in Rome, travelled through the country, along with Fragonard. Met Piranesi; influenced by last and George. P. Pannini. The poetics of ruins, historical impermanence is already formed in his sanguine drawings made at the Villa d'este near Rome (Louvre). Returning home, he lived mostly in Paris, in 1785-1787 years sketched antiquities of Provence; people came to work also in Normandy.


His paintings, exhibited in the Salons ("Roman port", 1766, the Museum school of fine arts, Paris; etc.) quickly gained popularity. Diderot praised him for "the beautiful and majestic ruins". Actively developed a fashion theme, creating the piece works, and cycles, designed for the design of large interiors (the"Interior of the temple of Diana at nîmes", "the Temple of Jupiter in Rome," 1760-ies, the Louvre, etc.). Organically combined an elegiac reverie of images, the subtle light and perspective effects with daily generic parts. With the years increasingly turning to the reality around him, also became one of the best masters of the "landscape of events" - with a picture of significant public incidents of the type of construction or catastrophe ("Fire in the Opera", 1781, "Carnavalet Museum", Paris). Participated in the reconstruction of the Park at Versailles (1775). In 1784 was the curator of the Louvre art gallery.


Captured a number of episodes of the French revolution (destruction of the Bastille, the Royal tombs in Saint-Denis, etc.). Suspected of disloyalty to the new regime were arrested and imprisoned. However, continued to work while in custody (1793-1794), leaving a number of beautiful images of prison life. Was soon restored to the position of curator of the Louvre, which at that time was transformed from a Royal Palace into a Museum.


Later ranged the old motives, new things are increasingly combined reliable types with invented details ("the destruction of the bridge of Notre Dame", 1786-1788, Carnavalet Museum, Paris; etc.); sometimes inclined to romantic fiction, presenting in the form of ruins is quite safe buildings (including the Louvre). In 1790-ies he created a series of Grand galleries of the Louvre. His paintings decorate many of the palaces, and then the museums of Europe, including in Russia, where his stuff is readily acquired, since the era of Catherine II. In his old age was almost forgotten, but his images, with their subtle sense of contrast between the different historical periods had a great influence on the development of romanticism.


Robert died in Paris on 15 April 1808.

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