The Fountains  1788

by Hubert Robert

The painting of Classical ruins had reached the zenith of its popularity when Hubert Robert, the leading French practitioner of this specialty, was commissioned in 1787 to paint a suite of four canvases for a wealthy financier’s château at Méréville, near Paris. [i]The Fountains[/i] and its companion pieces were set into the paneled walls of a salon in the château, creatin...
255.3 × 221.2 cm (100 1/2 × 88 1/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago