Drawing presented in a beautiful gilded frame from the beginning of the 19th century
We can generally trace back to Léopold Robert or other artists of his generation the taste for popular scenes Italian, while this pictorial vein appeared at the end of the 18th century with Jacques Sablet, then, with inexhaustible verve, with the Romain Bartolomeo Pinelli. In France, from the last years of the reign of Napoleon I, the initiator - or rather the initiator - of this picturesque genre was Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot. This prolific artist, who exhibited more than one hundred paintings at the Salon between 1810 and 1840, had great success during her lifetime. She is the only woman to appear on François-Joseph Heim's painting of Charles X distributing rewards to artists after the Salon of 1824. Born Mlle Lescot (she married an architect named Haudebourt in 1820), our artist had been l pupil of Guillaume Guillon dit Lethière. Her teacher becoming director of the Académie de France in Rome, she had followed him to the Medici villa - something unusual for a woman. Abandoning the great heroic themes, she became more passionate about the costumes of the people and the daily life of the Italians. As early as 1810, she sent to the Salon paintings such as Une station de piférari in front of a madonna, A guincataro or A preaching in the church of Saint-Laurent, outside the walls of Rome. In 1812, The kissing of the feet, in the basilica of Saint-Pierre in Rome will be bought by the State. Usually treated in small formats, these popular Italian subjects will remain her specialty for more than twenty years, although she will also endeavor to access history painting in the "troubadour" style. Under the Restoration, Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot will be a painter appointed to the Duchess of Berry, before benefiting under Louis-Philippe from commissions for Versailles.