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Hubert Robert

Robert, Hubert (übârˈ rôbĕrˈ) [key], 1733–1808, French painter and landscape architect. A follower of Piranesi and Pannini, Robert was known as a painter of idealized landscapes, fantastic ruins, and vistas of city plazas and parks. His decorations for the Château of Fontainebleau (1787) are now in the Louvre. Robert was one of the first curators of painting at the Louvre and a draftsman for the gardens at Versailles. Imprisoned during the French Revolution, he escaped death when another man of the same name went to the guillotine in his place. He later died in obscurity.

See study by N. L. Dubin (2010).

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