Our Art / Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld
Born the son of a clockmaker and goldsmith, Bidauld (1758–1846) became one of the finest realist landscape painters in France. His paintings have cool lighting, meticulously painted greenery and architecture, and sweeping vistas. Painting in a realistic, Neoclassical style inspired by the "classical" art and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome, when Neo-classicism lost favor to more abstract styles, Bidauld was unable to adapt to changing styles and, as a consequence, fell out of fashion. Though at the height of his career he counted French emperors and kings as his patrons, Bidauld died in poverty.