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ID number:  BIRBI-2005.10
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bidauld, Jean Joseph Xavier (1758-1846)
Title / Object name:  A Cascade on the River Liri
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Isola del Liri
Culture:  French
Date made:  1787
Materials:  Oil on paper laid down on canvas
Measurements:  25.4 x 39.4 cm
Provenance:  Sotheby's Auction House, New York, 23 January 2003 (lot 109); Richard Collins, New York; Jane Robert, Paris; Sir Jack Baer, London; purchased by the Barber Institute, August 2005 with assistance from the National Art Collections Fund.
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Bidauld’s oil sketch was painted on the spot during the French artist’s stay in Italy (1785-90). The artist made numerous such studies from which he later painted large historical landscapes in the neo-classical style. Painting from nature in oils was one of the ways in which young landscape artists developed their skills.

The river Liri lies to the south-east of Rome, but in the late 18th century was in the kingdom of Naples. The area was little visited by artists at the time.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscribed on the reverse by the artist: Le dernière Cascade de L' Isola di Sora, vue de Louin 1787.

1 Related People

Bidauld, Jean Joseph Xavier
French
1758
1846

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