Hubert Robert was trained in Rome, where he stayed for eleven years. He saw Tivoli and met Piranesi, and developed a vocation to be a designer of gardens. Hubert Robert's paintings are neither realistic landscapes nor capricci with romantic ruins. They are studies for gardens.
Robert possibly worked for Girardin at Ermenonville. After 1774, the new queen Marie Antoinette wants to reconcile her high nobility with some features of country life. He will be involved in the realization of the Hameau de la Reine at Trianon.
On January 28 in New York, Christie's sells a pair of oils on canvas painted in 1774, lot 53 estimated $ 2M.
These two paintings are very large and in the same size, 245 x 191 cm, yet the themes are opposite, between the strength of an Italian waterfall and the quietness of a Northern canal. Unknown in the lifetime of the artist, they certainly had the target of convincing a patron about the infinite variety of the new style of gardens.