Running Stream at San Cosimato
Bidauld earned a place among the pioneers of openair painting with a five-year stint working in the hidden corners of the Italian countryside during the 1780s. Rivers and streams offered an opportunity to study the contrast between the rough-edged rocks lining riverbeds and those worn smooth by centuries of running waters. These subjects posed a favorite challenge: capturing the constant motion of powerfully churning rapids and delicately swirling eddies. Here, Bidauld loaded a fine brush with white paint to convey the froth of the teeming waters, lending unexpected texture to an otherwise highly finished surface.
- Artist: Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld, French, 1758-1846
- Medium: Oil on paper laid down on canvas
- Place Made: Italy
- Dates: 1788
- Dimensions: 12 1/4 x 19 5/8 in. (31.1 x 49.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed bottom left: "Bidauld/1788"
- Inscriptions: Verso: "Le Tesserone, à St. Cosimato/payé à M. Bidauld/deux milles Francs/en 1830/Lg."
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 1996.93
- Credit Line: A. Augustus Healy Fund and Healy Purchase Fund B
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld (French, 1758-1846). Running Stream at San Cosimato, 1788. Oil on paper laid down on canvas, 12 1/4 x 19 5/8 in. (31.1 x 49.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Healy Purchase Fund B, 1996.93
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)