At the age of 21, painter Hubert Robert (1733-1808) left France for Italy, where he spent 11 years working as an artist. He became well known for landscapes that mixed real architecture with the imaginary, and he often brought together unrelated historical structures, such as ancient Greek ruins with Italian Renaissance buildings.
Hubert had returned to France and was a member of the French Royal Academy when the French Revolution broke out (1789-1799). During that time of upheaval, he continued painting, producing numerous works depicting war-ravaged Paris.
This exhibition showcases Robert’s work alongside that of contemporaneous artists, including Claude Lorrain and Jean Honore Fragonard; till Sept. 30.
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art; (054) 263-5755; 53-2, Yada, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka; Kusanagi Station, JR Line. 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. (except Sept. 17), Sept. 18. www.spmoa.shizuoka.shizuoka.jp.