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ID number: BIRBI-64.4
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Robert, Hubert (1733-1808)
Title / Object name / Definition: A caprice with a hermitage
Object type: Painting
Place made: Paris
Date made: 1796
Materials: Oil on canvas
Measurements: 80 x 64.8 cm
Provenance: Vente R. Papin, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 28-29 March 1873 (lot 79); President Flory, Paris; purchased from Wildenstein & Co., in July 1964 for £5,000.
Description: A capriccio is a fantastic mixture of real and imaginary features, in this case of buildings. A bell tower emerges from a ruined classical temple which has acquired some additional humble domestic elements. The figures reflect the same mix of sacred and secular. A hermit, or perhaps a priest, stares at a bathing girl from the bell tower, whilst a woman washes sheets in the water.
Inscriptions / Translations: Signed and dated I.r.: H/ROBERT/1796
Notes: Exhibited: 'Paintings and Drawings by Hubert Robert', Wildenstein Gallery, New York, 1935,no. 20; 'Landscapes: Massys to Corot', Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass., 1955, no. 24; 'Obras clasicas de la pintura europea', Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, 1956, no. 21; 'Obras clasicas de la pintura europea, Siglos XV-XIX', Museo Nacional, Havana, 1957, no. 25.
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