Signed and dated 1779 on the back
Oil on its original canvas and stretcher
In its period gilded wood frame with pearls and heart-shaped motifs
Dimensions with frame : 69 x 89 cm
In this landscape of ancient ruins, bathed in the light of a setting sun and crossed by a river, Jean-Baptiste Claudot shows us a family of fishermen. In the distance, on the path, a herd is led by a shepherd. One can immediately perceive the painter's taste for antiquity and his ability to compose an ideal, picturesque and anecdotal landscape with a vivid and colorful palette.
The site could be identified as the Moselle at Dieulouard
Jean-Baptiste Claudot, known as Claudot de Nancy, was born in Badonviller on September 19, 1733, and died in Nancy on December 27, 1805. He was a landscape painter and decorator from Lorraine, then from France after 1766.
He came from the nobility of the robe, son of a lawyer at the Sovereign Court of Lorraine, Claudot was a student of Jean Girardet and André Joly.
His career was very representative of the emergence of a new taste for landscape in France at the end of the 18th century. His fruitful work combines the tradition of landscape with antique ruins, in the spirit of the Italian Vedutists of the 17th century. An emulator of Joseph Vernet and Hubert Robert, he spread this taste for melancholic landscape. Through his work, Claudot also announced the development of a regional feeling manifested by representations of sites and castles in Lorraine, and cities such as Nancy, Lunéville, Pont à Mousson, or Metz.
In 2006, the Musée Lorrain in Nancy devoted an exhibition to him entitled "Le sentiment du paysage en Lorraine au XVIIIème siècle".
Very good condition