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Hubert Robert
Hubert Robert

Hubert Robert

Edited by Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Edited by Yuriko Jackall, Contributions by Joseph Baillio, Contributions by Catherine Voiriot, Contributions by Guillaume Faroult


288 Pages, 10.08 x 12.4

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $74.99 (US $74.99) (CA $89.99)

Publication Date: May 2016

ISBN 9781848221918

Rights: US, CA & CN

Lund Humphries (May 2016)

Price: $74.99


Known fondly as 'Robert des ruines' because of his penchant for painting ancient ruins, Hubert Robert (1733-1808) was one of France's most successful and prominent artists during his lifetime. This outstanding publication, which accompanies the first monographic exhibition of his work, illuminates Robert's remarkable artistic achievements and his lasting contributions to French visual culture. Robert's skills were manifold—he enjoyed great success as a painter, draftsman, interior decorator and garden architect. During his time in Rome, he fostered close professional bonds with artists such as Piranesi, Panini, and Fragonard, while in Paris he flourished under the patronage of several wealthy French supporters including the Marquis de Marigny, brother of the famed Madame de Pompadour. Robert's work later addressed the demise of this glittering society through both ominous scenes of disaster and representations of vandalized royalist monuments. Upon his own release from imprisonment following the French Revolution, Robert completed a series of meditative variations on the Grande Galerie of the Musée du Louvre, of which he had been appointed curator in 1784. Thoroughly researched, this scholarly and beautifully produced publication will stand as the definitive book on Robert for many years to come.


"Robert's images of a ruined world appeal to both the tourist's fantasy of discovering exotic realms and a sentimental taste for a bygone, happier, less encumbered age." —Philip Kennicott, art and architecture critic

Author Biography

Margaret Morgan Grasselli is Curator and Head of the Department of Old Master Drawings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Yuriko Jackall is Assistant Curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Guillaume Faroult is Curator of Paintings at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Catherine Voiriot is a researcher in the Department of Decorative Arts at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.