View of Paris from the Butte aux Cailles
Alexandre-Hyacinthe Dunouy (attr.) (1757-1841)

View of Paris from the Butte aux Cailles, Ca. 1800

Oil on canvas, H. 0.19 m; W. 0.35 m

Inscription on the back on the frame: Corot followed by …la butte aux cailles.

Provenance: Private collection, France.

Dunouy is famous for his landscapes. He studied painting with Briard and exhibited for the first time at the Salon de la Jeunesse in 1781. From 1791 to 1833, he exhibited his studies and landscapes at the Salon. Thirty of his landscape paintings and drawings have been engraved.

He took part in the decoration projects of several castles commissioned by King Louis XVIII, among which were the palaces of the Trianon, Compiègne, Saint-Cloud and Fontainebleau. Dunouy spent most of his artistic career in Italy where he found inspiration for a large number of his works.

The composition of our painting is surprising. It shows a very beautiful panorama on the monuments of Paris. The precision of execution, the skilful rendering of perspective, the delicate treatment of colour and the clever contrasts between light and shade are particularly significant of the artists work.