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Artist Hubert Robert of the Ruins

Updated on December 26, 2014
Hubert Robert - "The Old Bridge" User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow:
Hubert Robert - "The Old Bridge" User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow:
Hubert Robert- "The Louvre"
Hubert Robert- "The Louvre"
Hubert Robert- "The pont du gard"
Hubert Robert- "The pont du gard"
Hubert Robert- "La Cascade"
Hubert Robert- "La Cascade"
Hubert Robert- "Figures amongst Ruins inspired by the Temple of Saturn" (1761)
Hubert Robert- "Figures amongst Ruins inspired by the Temple of Saturn" (1761)
painting of artist by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
painting of artist by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
"Laundress and Child" 1761 (My mothers favorite)
"Laundress and Child" 1761 (My mothers favorite)

Hubert Robert (ca. 1733 to 1808 Rococo period)

Hubert Roberts, aka “Robert of the ruins,” so named for his picturesque depictions of ancient Roman ruins strung along Italy’s countryside, was an extremely talented man. Considered a master of art in some circles, and a spirited, energetic intellectual in others- Hubert Robert’s paintings have forever sealed their fate in many art collectors’ private collections, despite the fact it may have cost them a mere $700,000.00 or a flat $2,000,000.00. In fact, even Adolf Hitler was a Roberts' enthusiast, and stole many of his collected pieces from Edouard Alphonse James de Rothschild, a prominent European Jew.

Once a fugitive like Edouard Rothschild, Hubert Roberts was eventually detained and imprisoned during the French Revolution. His crime for the involuntary incarceration, was that he was a close personal friend to Louis XVI, and his personal art keeper. He was also the first artist to serve as curator to the newly establishedLouvre, then known as the Museum Central des Arts, which opened it's doors August 10, 1793. Admission was free, and artists were given priority over the general public. However, the museum was only open on weekends. The works, mostly paintings from the collections of the French royal family and aristocrats who had fled abroad, were displayed in the Salon Carré and the Grande Galerie. The delicacy and playfulness of Rococo designs is often seen as perfectly in alignment with the excesses of Louis XV & Louis XVI's reigns. Hubert Roberts survived his time in the bowels of the French Revolution. however, as fate would have it he only narrowly escaped death, because apparently there was another man named Hubert Roberts, who was guillotined in his place instead.

For more Rococo period artist, check out this well embraced article by fellow hubber knell63, Rococo Portrait Painter.


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  • RKHenry profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    Hey IE, glad I could assist you. Sorry I haven't been by lately. But Christmas really isn't a family tradition. HeHe! Write something on sex soon, get off the Christmas kick- boring!Ha! You know I lov'ya. Cheers!!

    Gramsmith, glad you liked the hub. I joined your fan club.

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    9 years ago

    Thanks for this nice hub...........Very nice selections of pics.

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    Julie Grimes 

    9 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    RK, it is good to see your writing about art again. I simply love these types of hubs of yours. You always find the best art to feature, and the greatest historical commentary to go along with it. Beautiful hub!! I loved it.


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