'LE TAPIS VERT' VERSAILLES, Hubert Robert

'LE TAPIS VERT' VERSAILLES, Hubert Robert

c. 1733 to c. 1808 Portugal

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Le Tapis Vert by Hubert Robert in the Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, is identical in subject. Another version at Versailles is entitled 'Les jardins au moment de l'abatage des arbres pendant l'hiver 1774-75'. The great storm of the winter of 1774-75 destroyed much of the ancient plantings and gardens at Versailles. Robert was commissioned as Dessinateur from 1770 by King Louis XVI to record the gardens at Versailles, Mereville and Retz.

In 1765 after returning to Paris from the French Academy in Rome he was given full membership of L'Academie Royale de Peinture, appointed a Conseiller in 1784. His success as a painter derived from the inspiration he found on The Grand Tour and from older contemporaries such as Panini, who had a profound influence on his style. He was imprisoned during the Revolution due to his associations with the Ancien Regime; released thereafter he became one of the founders of the Musee National or the Louvre as we know it today.

Although the eighteenth century love of symmetry and balance was particularly prized by aesthetes, especially those devoted to the Antique, the rococo infused all the arts with the notion of contrasting wit inherent in dissembled order. Here, order is imposed upon chaos with a witty assembly of checks and balances amongst the severely architectural framework of a man-made landscape. Nature tamed is seen ravaged by the elements over which man has no control. Robert balances the architectural matter with uprooted plantings and the colour and motion of groups of figures, the see-saw cleverly emphasising motion and underlining the topsy-turvy world depicted.
Dimensions
Height 152.00 mm (5.98 inches)
Width 229.00 mm (9.02 inches)
Medium
Gouache with watercolour
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Inscribed: "Versailles" (verso)
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