Pierre Antoine MARCHAIS, attributed to
(Paris, 1763 – Paris, 1859)
Oil on canvas
Signed with initials ‘AM’ and dated ‘1814’ lower right
21,5 x 16 cm
Few things and few works are known to us from this artist that was formed under the protection of Hubert Robert, and was a follower of neoclassical landscape.
After a stint in the Royal School of painting around 1783 he exhibited for the first time at the Salon in 1793 a view of Rome campaigns with Bélisaire (in the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse) and participated regularly until 1849.
Under the Empire he painted landscapes of Ile de France and Italy.
He was somehow attracted by travel and exoticism, as shown by his collaboration with the scientist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and the sailor Louis-Claude de Freycinet (1779-1842). He performed well in 1810 engravings drawings that Humboldt had made during his travels in South America. With Freycinet, he embarked on the ship The Urania and realized in the company of his colleagues Pellion and Arago drawings that should illustrate the ‘Travel around the World, 1817-1820’.
In 1814 Marchais is domiciled 8 rue de l’Eperon in Paris, and has two paintings at the Salon Surrounding view of Montmorency and View of Raincy (preserved at the Château de Chantilly).
The attribution of our view of Tivoli is justified by several elements: the monogram, even if you meet certain works is P.AM, matching his initials and drawn in capitals; The drawing of characters, very small especially with their faces like pinhead; the treatment of foliage, sky and rocks, the organization of perspective.
7 500 €