Louis Léopold Robert
Les Eplatures, Neuchâtel 1794 - 1835 Venice
Rights held by: Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris, bequest of Carlos van Hasselt and Andrzej Niewęgłowski, Paris
Showing talent at a young age, Robert left his home in the Principality of Neuchâtel (today a part of Switzerland) for Paris at age 16 to study painting under Jacques-Louis David and pursue a career as an engraver. Robert was unable to compete for the Prix de Rome because of his nationality, so a benefactor subsidized his journey to Italy in exchange for paintings. Apart from a brief return to Paris in 1831, he remained in Italy for the rest of his life, painting the interiors of churches and convents and, beginning in 1820, brigands and genre scenes taken from popular life.
Text written and researched by Michelle Bird National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Oil on paper, mounted on canvas
18.5 × 28.6 cm
This can be found in Gallery 11: The Arts of the 20th Century