Lake Fucino and the Abruzzi Mountains

Joseph Bidauld French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805

When Bidauld painted this sketch, Lake Fucino was the largest body of water in the Abruzzi region of central Italy. (It was later drained.) Bidauld’s fastidious approach to working out of doors rivals the Salon pictures he executed in his studio. A colleague of the artist recounted: "Each day he painted or drew on the spot, always in a different place, learning to make studies by making finished paintings, and to make finished paintings by making studies."

Lake Fucino and the Abruzzi Mountains, Joseph Bidauld (French, Carpentras 1758–1846 Montmorency), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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