Italian mountain landscape with ruins- Dated 1853.
Oil on panel, monogrammed SDB and dated down towards the center.
Dimensions with frame (35 x 42 cm)
J. Sarazin de Belmont is a landscape painter of great sensitivity.
Favorite student of the master landscaper Henri de Valenciennes whose workshop is open to women, she practices oil painting outdoors on small formats easily transportable. A great traveler, she brought back from her first trips to Italy a lot of sketches and drawings. She is also traveling to Germany.
She will be the first to paint the Forest of Fontainebleau, Britain and the Pyrenees.
Of exceptional longevity, she will exhibit at the Salons from 1812 to 1868.
She receives the support of personalities such as the Empress Josephine and the Duchess of Berry, who will possess 12 of her views from Italy.
His Parisian studio in the Saint Germain district is frequented by the greatest artists of the time, including Ingres and Gros.
J. Sarrazin de Belmont occupies a pivotal position between the tradition of classical landscape and the birth of the naturalistic landscape. She gives up the mythological or romantic anecdote in favor of landscapes animated by characters from everyday life.
In our painting, the composition, soft golden light and attention to detail testify to her fidelity to the classical landscape. We also find the panoramic layout used by Sarazin de Belmont, particularly for her views of Italian landscapes.
Bibliography: G. Schurr "The Little Masters of Painting"
L. Harembourg "French landscape painters in the 19th century"
Museums: The Louvre, Angers, Montauban, Nantes, Toulouse, Dresden, Hanover,
Munich, NY Metropolitan.