Washerwomen in a garden, Circa 1775
Hubert Robert (Paris, 1733 - Paris, 1790)
Appointed as designer of the King’s gardens, Robert worked in particular at Versailles and Rambouillet. He was also sought after by aristocrats and financiers to design many famous gardens around Paris where he created terraces, galleries, ponds, fountains, statues, staircases and avenues with a variety of vistas, following his imagination.
Hubert Robert plays here on the contrast between the majestic garden and the mundanity of the familiar scene taking place there as the pond is transformed into a washhouse. In this atmosphere, Hubert Robert creates the charm of a contented life with all the finest qualities of his art: a fluid approach, light colours, silvery hues, the art of glazing and superimposed shades, the interplay of light and a lively, witty touch.