Arcadia

Arcadia: a fine selection of drawings by two contemporaries, Kobell and Chipart. These works come from a private collection assembled during the period of both artists.

German artist Franz Innocenz Josef Kobell’s (1749—1822) keenly observed landscape drawings are greatly influenced by Claude Lorrain. Created en plein-air, these expressive, immediate and finely detailed works were just as impactful when they were originally received, making Kobell as renowned in his time for his landscape drawings as he was for his paintings. His drawings were admired by Goethe and he was appointed court painter to Karl Theodor, Elector of Bavaria.

Born 1748 in Paris, J-P Chipart’s depictions of picturesque ruins are reminiscent of other French artists in Italy at the time, like Hubert Robert, Claude-Louis Châtelet, the Moreau family and Victor-Jean Nicolle. In his romantic compositions of Italian classical vistas, dramatic, cascading light permeates the idealised scenes. At the same time, his more mundane studies of trees and seascapes show an elegant stylisation, evocative in their restraint of line and description. 

Kobell, Franz Innocenz Josef
Wooded landscape with a house and a man leaning on a stick
Pen and brown ink over red chalk on blue paper.
Size of sheet: 10 x 15.5 cm.
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Chipart
Italianate landscape with trees and a villa behind a hill
Pen and grey ink with grey wash on paper.
Size of sheet: 28.3 x 19 cm.
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Kobell, Franz Innocenz Josef
Pastoral wooded landscape with shepherds tending to their flock
Pen and brown and grey ink with brown wash over graphite on paper.
Size of sheet: 18 x 26.5 cm.
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Kobell, Franz Innocenz Josef
Idyllic landscape with large trees and a log over a river
Pen and brown ink on paper.
Size of sheet: 22.4 x 19 cm.
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Chipart
Seascape with fishermen in a boat leaving the shore
Pen and grey ink with wash over pencil on two pasted sheets.
Size of sheet: 14.4 x 22 cm.
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Chipart
Demolition of the crypt
Pen and brown ink with brown wash over pencil on paper.
Size of sheet: 22.8 x 32 cm.
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Chipart
Italian landscape with peasant women standing under the aqueduct
Pen and brown ink with brown wash over pencil on paper.
Size of sheet: 22.7 x 16.2 cm.
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Kobell, Franz Innocenz Josef
Landscape with trees and a traveller
Pen and brown ink over red chalk on paper.
Size of sheet: 10.5 x 19 cm.
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