Oct 1, 2019

Shepherds in a Landscape

Shepherds in a Landscape


Jean Baptiste Pillement

(French, 1728–1808)


Support: Fabric

Unframed: 46.3 x 60.5 cm (18 1/4 x 23 13/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1973.1



The exquisite handling of the pastel, crisp and colorful in the foreground while of the greatest subtlety in the atmospheric distance, bears out Pillement's reputation as the best 18th-century French artist of the pastel landscape. Landscapes in this period were most often picturesque creations, rather than literal transcriptions of nature. In this dramatically irregular countryside, shepherds, flocks, and rustic buildings create an air of idealized rural charm.

See also
DR - French
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