(Biel/Bienne 1851 - Orvin 1923)
River Landscape with Small Boats
Signed and dated Paul Robert Vieu[?] - 1911 at the lower right.
261 x 453 mm. (10 1/4 x 17 7/8 in.)
In 1883 Robert visited Palestine, and after spending a year there his artistic production shifted away from Symbolism towards a more religious sentiment. This is reflected in what is perhaps his best-known work; three monumental murals for the stairwell of the museum in Neuchâtel. Measuring seven meters by nearly six meters, the paintings took the artist eight years to complete. As well as painting decorative murals for such public buildings as the museums of Neuchâtel and Bern, Robert established a reputation as a landscape painter later in his career, while also developing a particular speciality as a painter of birds and caterpillars. His sons Paul-André and Philippe were also active as botanical and natural history artists, and a large group of works by the Robert family is today in the collection of the Neues Museum in the artist’s native town of Biel/Bienne in Switzerland.
Private collection, New York.