Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld

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Bidauld sojourned in Italy from 1785 to 1790 at the expense of Cardinal de Bernis and a picture dealer called Dulac, allowing him to roam the peninsula practising his speciality, landscape. In 1823 he became the first landscape painter elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. A small group of landscapes by the artist is included in the collection, including two near-identical views, painted during different times of the day, exploring the effects of sunlight and atmosphere; another version is in the Musée Fabre, Montpellier.