Landscape. Romantic landscape with large trees, and a bridge suspended between two great rocks. In the foreground groups of figures strolling, talking and riding. This scene painted at the Chateau de Méréville. Park Méréville

The Rustic Bridge, Château de Méréville, France, c. 1785

expand_more

Oil on canvasexpand_more

The William Hood Dunwoody Fundexpand_more  33.14

G306expand_more

Château de Méréville, one of the first English-style parks in France, was designed by Hubert Robert for the Marquis de Laborde, who purchased the estate in 1784. The plans for the chateau's gardens combined the naturalism of English landscape design with Chinese-influenced structural elements, representing a complete break from the traditional symmetry and rigid geometry of French landscape architecture. Over the course of a decade, marshes were drained, a mountain was moved, and a river was rerouted and shaped into a sinuous, winding course in order to create an idealized, romantic retreat.

Details
Title
The Rustic Bridge, Château de Méréville, France
Artist Life
1733 - 1808
Role
Artist
Accession Number
33.14
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@artsmia.org.

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

Landscape. Romantic landscape with large trees, and a bridge suspended between two great rocks. In the foreground groups of figures strolling, talking and riding. This scene painted at the Chateau de Méréville. Park Méréville