François DUBOIS (1790-1871)

Romantic painting of the Bay of Naples by François Dubois, dated 1833. The work is luminous and offers a magnificent panorama with Vesuvius in the background.

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 1833 lower left
Size: 32.5 x 46 cm
with frame: 50 x 64 cm
Price: 7500 euros

A floating market scene in the Bay of Naples

The scene takes place at sea. The painter plunges us into the magical setting of the Bay of Naples.
In one of the boats, women with their children, protected from the sun by an awning, in the other boat, fishermen offering their fish for sale. The scene is lively and colorful.

A classic, romantic technique

The work is bathed in a beautiful Mediterranean light and a magnificent perspective with Vesuvius in the background.
The rendering of light, the reflections of the sky on the sea and the treatment of the figures are magnified by the perfect technique of this neoclassical painter.


François Dubois is a French neo-classical painter of history, portraits and landscapes.
He joined the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1813, where he was a pupil of the painter Jean-Baptiste Regnault. He exhibited from 1814 to 1861;
He won numerous awards, including the Prix de Rome in 1819 for his work Themistocles takes refuge with Admetus, King of the Molosses.
He is also an Orientalist painter. He was well known for his numerous napolitan landscapes.


– Paris, Musée Carnavalet: Erection of the Luxor obelisk on the Place de la Concorde on October 25, 18363.
– Paris, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts: Themistocles takes refuge with Admetus, King of the Molosses, 1819.
– Versailles, Château de Versailles: The National Guard celebrates the anniversary of the King’s birth in the courtyard of the Palais-Royal, October 6, 1830,
– Quimper, Musée des Beaux-Arts: Le Sommeil d’Oreste, circa 1820.