Louis Étienne Watelet

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Louis Etienne Watelet , drawing by JMN Frémy after a painting by Muneret, 1815
Louis Etienne Watelet: Reception of Napoleon in Ludwigsburg , 1811/1812

Louis Étienne Watelet (born August 25, 1780 in Paris , † June 21, 1866 in Paris) was a French painter .


By studying nature, Watelet trained himself to be a landscape painter and initially painted landscapes with idyllic and historical staffage. A study trip to Italy undertaken in 1822 gave his works a more naturalistic direction, which he developed more and more, admittedly with a preference for a poetic-romantic mood. He influenced the development of French landscape painting in a naturalistic sense.

Watelet died on June 21, 1866, very old for this time in Paris.

Works (excerpt)

His main works are:

  • The lake of Nemi (1824)
  • A Norman Village in the Rain (1835)
  • The valley of Gisors (1840)
  • Fir trees in the Dauphiné (184l)

and various alpine landscapes with mountain streams.

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