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  • View of the Island of Vulcano from the Island of Lipari

    Artist:
    Houel, Jean-Pierre-Laurent. 1735-1813
    Technique:
    gouache, outlined with brush in black wash
    Dimensions:
    29,5x42,5 cm

Houel, Jean-Pierre-Laurent. 1735-1813

View of the Island of Vulcano from the Island of Lipari

France, Between 1776 and 1779

Houel is best known as the author of preparatory sketches and engravings with an explanatory text to the four-volume publication A Picturesque Voyage Through the Isles of Sicily, Malta and Lipari, Which Deals with the Antiquities to Still Be Found There, the Principal Phenomena Offered by Nature, the Costume of the Inhabitants, and Some Customs... (Voyage pittoresque des isles de Sicile, de Malte et de Lipari... ; Paris, 1782-87). The Hermitage possesses 264 of over 500 sketches Houel produced during his four-year tour of Southern Italy between 1776 and 1779. These works are of unique historical and ethnographical value. The Island of Vulcano, which Houel showed in this work, was in fact an accumulation of rocks of volcanic origin. The foreground of the painting is enlivened by a genre scene with cows at pasture and peasants working the land. The artist's skill in fitting little figures into the landscape created a scene which retains the freshness of a first impression.

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View of the Island of Vulcano from the Island of Lipari

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Technique:

gouache, outlined with brush in black wash

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29,5x42,5 cm

Inventory Number:

ОР-4146

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