Circle of Joseph Vernet (1714-1789) "The Night by Moonlight"
version after a painting of the series painted by Vernet for the library of the Dolphin in Versailles:
Four Times of Day: Morning by sunrise sun, noon by a storm in the evening by the sunset and then the night by moonlight.
Our table at night by moonlight, is 72 cm by 59 cm, 96 cm part by 84 cm
Diderot in 1763 Salon: "The table is called the Moonlight is an effort of art. It is the night everywhere, and it is the day everywhere. Here is the star of the night lights and colors; there, they are lights on; Moreover it is the mixed effect of these two lights. He paid the color visible and palpable darkness of Milton. I'm not talking about how he thrilled and play this ray of light flickering on the surface of the water; it is an effect that hit everyone,
"Claude Joseph Vernet, landscape and marine painter, was born August 14, 1714 in Avignon. He is the son of painter Antoine Vernet. He took his first lessons with his father who then entrusted it to Louis René Vialy painter (1680-1770) in Aix-en-Provence. From 1731 Claude Joseph Vernet his apprenticeship with Philip Sauvan (1698-1789) in Avignon. On the advice of the Marquis de Caumont, who notices the artist Vernet can undertake a trip to Rome in 1734 on a scholarship. He continued his training there with marine painters Bernardino Fergioni (1675-1736) and Adrien Maglard (1695-1760). He is a member of the Accademia di San Luca from 1743. In 1745 Vernet wife Virginia Parker of English nationality and daughter of an officer of the Pontifical Navy, and becomes approved of the Royal Academy of Paris. Recommended by Antoine Jacques de Marigny, he is called to the court of King Louis XV (1710-74) in Paris in 1753. By order of the latter, he must paint the views of the 24 most important French ports. This trip, which lasts until 1762, the conduit including Marseille, Toulon, Antibes, Sète, Bordeaux, Bayonne, Rochefort and La Rochelle. Subsequently, Claude Joseph Vernet also works for other members of the French nobility and for English customers. However, he also obtained orders in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition, it regularly works for the Parisian banker of the court, Jean Laborde de Jos (1724-1794), who was beheaded in 1794. From 1769-1773, Claude Joseph Vernet realizes a series of five monumental paintings for the Countess Du Barry. Works created from 1776 are heavily outdone by his first paintings and those carried out in middle age. The artist takes an apartment and a workshop at the Louvre and became a member of the Academy of Fine Arts. Claude Joseph Vernet died Dec. 3, 1789 in Paris.