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 Anonymous - Sedan chair
François Boucher - The little dog’s dance
Jean-Baptiste Greuze - Young Shepherd Holding a Flower
Hubert Robert - The Laundry
 Jean Moisy (clockmaker) and Jean-Claude Chambellan known as Duplessis (goldsmith) - Organ pipe clock with a monkey orchestra
Hubert Robert - Washerwomen in a garden
 Adrien Delorme and Pierre Roussel - Chest of drawers
Giambattista  Tiepolo - Alexander and Bucephalus
Nicolas Sageot - « Mazarin » table desk
Claude Joseph Vernet - The Tivoli Cascades
Jean-Honoré Fragonard - Jérôme de La Lande
 Manufacture de Beauvais - Tapestry : Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love and Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters
Roger Van der Cruse known as La Croix or RVLC (Attributed to) - Combination furniture : commode with doors, secretaire in drawer, wardrobe
Jacques Louis David - The death of Seneca
Giovanni Antonio (dit Gianantonio) Pellegrini - Esquisse pour le plafond de la Banque Royale : Le Déchargement en bord de Seine de marchandises en provenance de la Louisiane

The Tivoli Cascades

Claude Joseph
1714, Avignon - 1789, Paris
Between 1740 and 1748
Oil on canvas
97,3 x 135,5 cm

Vernet spent twenty years in Italy between 1734 and 1753. As heir to the great landscape artists of the previous generation, he followed their example as well as that of exponents of the school of nature.

He made numerous sketching trips, painting from life on the coast and in the hills around Rome. His contemporaries marvelled at the realism with which he depicted nature’s bounty and his analysis of the variety of effects of the climate and the passing of the hours on a landscape.

Not content with “competing with nature”, he peopled his landscapes with graceful, picturesque figures to give a sense of scale, “a talent which Claude lacked”, wrote Diderot, his greatest admirer.

Vernet provided a international clientele, especially in Great Britain – his wife was British – with mementos of the most popular sites such as the famous fountains which he reproduced almost forty times.

M. A. P.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PDUT00884
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
Room 12
The 18th century
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