Hubert Robert: 1733-1808

Hubert Robert, The Pantheon with the Port of Ripetta, 1766, oil on canvas (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, on deposit from the Département des Peintures du Musée du Louvre)
Hubert Robert, The Pantheon with the Port of Ripetta, 1766, oil on canvas (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, on deposit from the Département des Peintures du Musée du Louvre)

Barrymore Laurence Scherer reviews Hubert Robert, 1733–1808 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., on view through October 2, 2016.

Scherer writes: "The beguiling power of Robert’s imagery springs from the ingenuity of his pictorial method. Composed with low, dramatic viewpoints through soaring arches or angled colonnades or from below rises in the landscape, and invigorated by exaggerated perspective and multiple vanishing points, Robert’s paintings offer polychrome counterparts to the majestic architectural etchings of his celebrated Italian contemporary, Giovanni Piranesi, who exerted considerable influence on the younger artist."