Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld (1758 - 1846)

French painter

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Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld (1758 – 1846), French landscape painter born in Carpentras, Provence. Moved in 1768 to Lyon where he studied together with his brother Jean Pierre Xavier Bidauld. A trip to Switzerland in the late 1770s opened the beauty of the Swiss landscape to the brothers.

In 1783 Bidauld moved to Paris, where he most likely was a pupil of Claude Joseph Vernet. The art dealer and perfume seller Dulac became his patron and hired him for restauring and copying works of the 17th century Netherlandish school.

In 1785, Dulac financed a trip to Italy where Bidault spent five years in Rome. He travelled widely through Italy, painting many landscapes in open air. After his return to Paris in 1791 Bidault entered the Salon for the first time, exhibiting five paintings. Thereafter he participated regularly until 1844. He began receiving official commissions; in 1800 Charles IV of Spain ordered four landscapes. In 1823 he became the first landscape painter elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

At the time of his death in 1846, his work was considered conservative as the Brabizon School was on the rize.

Books with substantial mentioning of Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld
 Philip Conisbee
French paintings of the fifteenth through the eighteenth century
Washington; Princeton, N.J., 2009

Born:   1758
   Carpentras, France
Died:   1846
ULAN:   500024891