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  • Ruins on the Terrace in Marly Park

    Artist:
    Robert, Hubert. 1733-1808
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    59x87sm

Robert, Hubert. 1733-1808

Ruins on the Terrace in Marly Park

France, Early 1780s

Robert produced a large number of park and garden scenes, such as this superb canvas. With a virtuoso mastery of his palette and of different painterly devices, the artist surely earned the title given him by Louis XVI for his work in the replanning of the park at Versailles: "draughtsman of the royal gardens". For a long time this painting was known as The Terrace at Marly (where the sculptural group of The Horse Tamers by Guillaume Coustou indeed stood in the 18th century), but the architecture and nature of the landscape are not in keeping with the park at Marly. Thus the work would seem to be simply a characteristic example of a decorative landscape, created through a compilation of motifs sketched from nature.

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Ruins on the Terrace in Marly Park

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oil

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59x87sm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1925; formerly in the Yusupovs' collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5647

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