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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:  A caprice with a hermitage
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
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.

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.

Robert specialised in architectural subjects which combined the ancient and contemporary buildings he saw during his stay in Italy (1754-65) and on his travels in France.

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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