Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld

The Heights of Sannois Seen from the Plain of Argenteuil (About 1798)

About this artwork

Sannois is two miles to the north of Argenteuil, just outside Paris. Bidauld’s sketch was probably begun in the open air but finished in the studio. Such fresh, preparatory oil-sketches represented the unofficial side of the classical landscape tradition, of which Bidauld was a major exponent. Indeed, in the latter part of his life he was reviled as a reactionary figure by the younger generation of landscapists, such as Théodore Rousseau.