Animated landscape, view of Cagnes- sur- Mer, circa 1840.
Oil on canvas signed lower left and located on the back.
Inscription on the back: “Cagnes sur la … near Nice” and old exhibition number 170.
Dimensions: 27 x 40,5 cm
With frame: 51 x 64 cm
Jean C.J. Rémond delivers here a very nice panorama on the Haut-de-Cagnes. On its promontory, the old medieval town of Cagnes-sur-Mer, bathed in a beautiful Mediterranean light,appears highlited, sublimated by the artist. Through the pine trees with their finely drawn foliage, on the right, you can see the beach and the sea.
As opposed to historical or mythological landscapes, we are here in the representation of a scene of everyday life.
In the foreground, a shepherdess on her donkey, accompanied by her sheep and a cow, is conversing with a farmer. In the distance, on the road out of town, we can see other characters accompanied by their animals.
This romantic landscape with its fine drawing and details is representative of the artist’s pictorial qualities and work: a composition that develops from a stepped perspective, a skilful distribution of light, more blurred backgrounds on which the foliage stands out, the presence of rocks, water and the animation of characters conversing.
Jean-Charles-Joseph Rémond was the son of a printer who founded a printing house in Paris in 1793 that specialized in engravings. He was a student of Jean-Baptiste Régnault at the Academy of Painting and Sculpture from 1809, and of Jean-Victor Bertin at the School of Fine Arts in Paris in 1814. He made his debut at the 1814 Salon with two historical landscapes.
He is one of those who apply with the most fidelity the rules of the composed landscape.
He won the Grand Prix de Rome for historical landscape in 1821, unanimously for The Abduction of Proserpine by Pluto.
Back from Rome, he opened a workshop at the end of 1826. Rémond devoted himself to historical landscapes and stopped exhibiting after 1848. On his return from Italy, he published a collection of views of that country. Adept at plein-air painting, he traveled in Italy to Naples and Sicily, Switzerland before returning to France. Jean-Charles-Joseph Rémond is elevated to the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honor.
-From June 19 to October 4, 2010: A century of landscapes, the choice of an amateur, Lyon, Musée des beaux-arts
-From November 13 to November 22, 2013: Regards sur la nature, Paris, place Vendôme, Fine Art Marty de Cambiaire gallery
-Larousse Encyclopedia of the 19th century in eight volumes.
-Emmanuel Bénézit, Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, graveurs, dessinateurs, Gründ, 1999.
-Suzanne Gutwirth, “Jean-Charles-Joseph Rémond (1795-1875) premier grand prix de Rome du paysage historique”, in Bulletin de la Société d’histoire de l’art français, 1981, publ. 1983, no. 50, p. 203.
-Laurie Marty de Cambiaire, with Angélique Franck-Niclot, trans. Jane MacAvock, Views of Nature, A Private Collection, [catalogue d’exposition], Fine Art Gallery, 2013.
In the United States
-Los Angeles, Getty Center: Mountain landscape with a road to Naples, 1821-1825
-New York Metropolitan Museum of Art:
View of Ischia from the sea, 1842
Entrance to the Pausilippe cave, between 1822 and 1842
View of the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine from the Palatine Hill,
View of the Basilica of Constantine from Mount Palatine, Rome,
-Dijon, Dijon Museum of Fine Arts : The Wolf and the Lamb, oil on canvas,
The Oak and the Reed, oil on canvas,
-Montpellier, Fabre Museum: The Death of Abel. Historical landscape, 1838
-Museum of Arts of Nantes : Ulysses and Nausicaa, 1830, oil on canvas,
-Paris, Louvre Museum : Carloman wounded to death in the Yvelines forest
-Toulon, art museum of Toulon : Landscape inspired by the site of Royat , 1821
-Toulouse, Musée des Augustins: Philoctetes wounded on the island of Lemnos, 1818
-Versailles, Museum of the History of France:
Capture of Tarragona in Catalonia by General Suchet, 1837
Siege of Lerida by General Suchet, 1836
General Suchet receives the capitulation of the city of Tortosa, 1837
In the United Kingdom
-Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum: Italian landscape with view of a harbor.