BORN 22 May 1733, Paris - DIED 15 Apr 1808, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Auteuil Cimetière, Rue Claude Lorrain, Auteuil (division 5)
Hubert Robert was the son of Nicolas Robert, who worked for the Marquis de Stainville, a diplomat. He studied with the Jesuits in Navarre and entered the studio of the sculptor Michel-Ange Slodtz, who advised him to turn to painting. In 1754 he followed Étienne-François de Choiseul, the son of the marquis, Rome. He stayed in Rome for eleven years, spending the first years at the French Academy. In 1760 he visited Naples in the company of Jean-Honoré Fragonard. He also visited Pompeii.
In 1765 he returned to Paris where he was soon succesful and exhibited at the Salon of 1767. In 1766 he was admitted to the Académie Royale. He presented works to the Salon each year until 1802. He also designed parks around Versailles as well as the Petit Trianon.
In 1793 he was arrested during the French Revolution. He was imprisoned for ten months and escaped the guillotine because another prisoner was mistakenly executed in his place. After the fall of Robespierre he was released. After the revolution he was punt in charge of the new Louvre Museum with four others. He died in Paris in 1808.
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, Internet
Hubert Robert - Wikipedia