J. C. Moreth
J. Moreth was a talented French artist who worked as a painter and illustrator in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. His sunny pastoral landscapes—dotted by elegant figures—exemplify the picturesque mode of the Romantic tradition. Moreth was introduced to Romantic thought as a student of Casanova, the famous Venetian writer, adventurer, spy, diplomat, entrepreneur, erotic hero, and artist. Casanova was exiled to Paris in the late 1750’s, where he associated with such luminaries as Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. As his student, Moreth would have traveled in similar circles. Moreth’s paintings were collected by the French nobility, such as the family of Dubois-Chefdebien, and were exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1796. His work is now in French museums including the L’Musee de Narbonne and the Musée National des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préaux.