The Park at Mortefontaine

Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld (French, 1758-1846)

Currently on View in H211
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Bidauld was one of the most celebrated landscapists of the Neoclassical era. He developed his style during a five-year stay in Italy, where he learned to make his art an ordered observation of nature.

In this canvas Bidauld shows his ability to hold all elements of the composition in balance. His precise, smooth brush strokes are the ideal vehicle to transcribe the unruffled surface of the water. The treatment of light and reflection also contributes to the effect of icy perfection.

After the fall of Napoleon, his brother emigrated to America with this painting.

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Object Information

Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld (French, 1758-1846)
creation date
oil on canvas
34-1/2 x 50-1/2 in.
43 x 59-1/4 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift of the Honorable Paul H. Buchanan, Jr., Dr and Mrs. Robert W. Greenleaf, The Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Alicia Ballard Fine Arts Purchase Fund and the Allen Whitehill Clowes Fund.
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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