"Léopold Robert (1794-1835) Follower Of: "
Léopold Robert (1794-1835) Follower of: "The halt of the harvesters in the Pontine marshes" Oil on canvas from the first part of the 19th century, frame gilded with gold leaf. Leopold Robert was the inventor of the Italian picturesque by which the rustic brings antiquity to life. It is the old world to which Cartesian France has turned its back since its industrial and political revolutions. The Italian is no longer the extra of an ancient Roman world in the ruins of which an aesthetic ideal has been sought since the Renaissance, but he becomes the subject of an ancient world still very much alive and whose savage beauty is expressed. in the strong characters of the models, in the fierce youth in ambush in Abruzzo against the Austrian police or in the fisherman's wife weeping over his house ruined by an earthquake near Ischia. The Halte des Moissonneurs in the Pontine Marshes gives us a sunny vision of a summer evening where the hard work of the day gives way to relaxation. The attitudes of the bodies, the play of looks are imbued with vitality and naivety. It is under this light, by taking his pupil Charlotte Bonaparte as a model for the first woman on the left that a hidden love will be born in the painter's heart secretly which will lead him to kill himself in Venice a year later as a new Werther. The Halte des Moissonneurs won the Gold Medal of the Salon of 1831 and won the Legion of Honor to Léopold Robert, from the hands of King Louis-Philippe