Theodore GUDIN, attributed to (Paris, 1802 - Boulogne-sur-Seine, 1880)
View of the fortifications of Valletta in Malta
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
23 x 46 cm
Student of Girodet-Trioson then Gros in the early years 1820, Theodore Gudin is mainly known for his marines treated rather licked, port views, scenes of naval battles. He was above all a great and fervent observer of nature, dreamer and poet, nature that he painted according to his own sensitivity, without really referring to masters of the past or his time. He appears particularly romantic in his works with pronounced atmospheric effects, with marbled, incandescent, glowing skies, heavy clouds and thick air. Our view of Malta could thus claim the kinship of Gudin, with which it has a certain proximity in the treatment of this twilight sky raised by slight impasto, and to which is added a beautiful art of framing and perspective. The island of Malta had developed links with France since the landing of Napoleon Bonaparte in June 1798; on this occasion, Vivant-Denon had also realized several watercolor views of the island. In the 1830s, it became a destination for the Romantics, and welcomed Lamartine in 1832. Gudin, just after a Byzantine stay, came to Malta in December 1839, and he stayed there at least until January 1840, since He is acquainted with a picture of Constantinople, dated January 5th, 1840, and situated at Malta. An oil on paper mounted on wood (30.5 x 39 cm) titled Malta, very sketched and representing the coast of the island, was recently sold in public auction in Hamburg in November 2013. In our panoramic table, the topography of the fortifications and the ramparts of the port of Valletta are represented by small masses somewhat blurred, just as the horizon where we can distinguish the silhouettes of the main buildings of the Maltese capital.