Signed and Dated: "Cesar Van Loo / -1813-"
Note: The painting is unlined and on its original canvas and in its original gilded
Empire frame. The picture is also extensively inscribed 'au verso'.
"san Cosimat / couvente de religieuses / près Tivoli. Dept / de Rome"
" César van LOO. Paintre de la / Ci devant accadémie Royale / de Paris"
The artist was the son and pupil of the religious, historical and genre painter Carle
van Loo, painter to Louis XV. He visited Italy and was a guest at the Villa Medici in
Rome. He took much store in studying the masters of the Renaissance and also
visited many of the historic sites which fired his imagintaion.
He was particularly fascinated by the effect of snow in his landscapes and painted
many winter scenes. He also liked to contrast the cold and unforgiving landscapes
with a fire placed in the foreground. This contrast gave the spectator some feeling of
warmth in these otherwise bleak landscapes. In 1784 he was received at the
Académie and he exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1784 until 1817.
In 1791 he went to Turin and studied the mountainous Piedmont region. A fine
example of his stay there is the painting of 'First Snow in Piedmont' in the Louvre.
Museums where examples of the artist's works can be found include:
Cherbourg, Compiegne (Musée National du Chateau), Paris (Louvre), Toulouse,
Turin (Galeria Sabauda).