Hubert Robert "Les jardins du Temps"

National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo

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In 18th century Europe, enthralled by the discoveries at the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, Hubert Robert (1733-1808) was a French landscape painter who became known later by the nickname Robert des ruines (Robert of the Ruins) for his many works on these ancient sites. During his studies in Italy, Robert depicted fascinating landscapes that incorporated ancient motifs enhanced by his own fanciful imagination. His images brought to life the architecture and sculpture of ancient times, contrasting with the scenes of trees, flowing streams and the lively everyday world of ordinary people. These images developed in an age newly fascinated with antiquity. Robert's arts with their uniquely lyrical expression attracted a great number of people, inspiring dreams of the flow of time, nature and the power of the arts.

The painter of these fantastic scenes was also the creator of numerous famous landscape-style garden designs, under his title of Designer of the Royal Gardens. Robert's placement of ancient architectural forms and man-made waterfalls and grottoes amidst actual scenery adds all the more fascination to his works. This exhibition focuses on about 80 drawings in red chalk, selected from the world-renowned Robert Collection of the Musée de Valence, as it introduces Japanese audiences to Robert's oeuvre, dating from his earliest production to his final years. Works by Robert's teachers and colleagues, including Piranesi and Fragonard, from other collections round out the display of approximately 130 oil paintings, drawings, prints and furnishings.
The natural and the man-made, fiction and fact, and the jumbled memories of happiness and imaginary futures, all present the secrets of arcadia, as created in the midst of this artist's paintings and gardens.

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From 2012-03-06 To 2012-05-20

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Hubert Robert

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haniwabe: (2012-03-23)

アーチの向こうの遠い空はロベールの青がぴったり。
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sleepguy: (2012-03-24)

草ぼうぼう状態の遺跡の隣でその辺の人たちが洗濯とかしてる、時空を超えた不思議な感じが伝わってくる。ぼくらも知らない間に昔の人が作ったもののうえで生活してたりするのと同じかも。凱旋門や教会の構図の切り取り方は面白いし、制作中の本人が描かれた素描も派手さはないがよい。ローマやパリが好きな方にもオススメ。

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