The Park at Mortefontaine

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
34-1/2 x 50-1/2 in.
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.
Accession number
1985.189
Collection
Currently On View In
Norb and Ruth Schaefer, Sr. & Norb and Carolyn Schaefer Gallery - H211

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.

Provenance Research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and information will be added to this record as research is completed. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Assoc. Curator of Research, at aschlagenhauff@imamuseum.org with any questions.
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