Classical Landscape with Figures

Jean Victor Bertin French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805

In this pastoral scene, Bertin employs figures gathered around an aged poet at the lower right, both to animate the landscape and to evoke the golden age of classical antiquity. His idealized vision of nature is very much in the manner of French artists active in Rome in the seventeenth century, notably Claude Lorrain. At the end of the eighteenth century, paintings like this one were brought into vogue by Bertin’s teacher, Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, and served as touchstones to Bertin’s pupils, notably Achille-Etna Michallon and Camille Corot.

Classical Landscape with Figures, Jean Victor Bertin (French, Paris 1767–1842 Paris), Oil on wood

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