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Hubert Robert (1733–1808)

The National Gallery of Art presents Hubert Robert, 1733–1808, an exhibition organized with the Musée du Louvre in Paris that celebrates the prominent French painter and draftsman. Hubert Robert, 1733–1808 is the first monographic exhibition in the United States on the artist as well as the first exhibition to survey his achievements as both a painter and a draftsman. With some 50 paintings and 50 drawings, the exhibition showcases the works of one of the 18th century’s greatest creators of poetic images.

The Paris-born painter followed a remarkable artistic path that led him from Rome, Italy in the mid-18th century, where he spent more than 10 years, to the court of France. In Paris, he produced some of the most spectacular decors in the decade that preceded the French Revolution. By combining famous monuments of antiquity and modernity in unexpected ways to create new and imaginative city scenes and landscapes, Hubert Robert played a fundamental role in promoting the architectural capriccio.