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Portrait of Robie by André Hennebicq
Jean-Baptiste Robie was born in 1821 and grew up in Brussels where he studied at the Brussels Academy with Balthasar Tasson. He first came to public attention for his portraits of Napoleon, however it is his still-lifes for which Robie is best known.
Robie is regarded as having played a pivotal role in the evolution of flower painting, aiding the development from romanticism to realism. His work is particularly noted for its faithful use of colour, its clarity and incredible attention to detail. His still lifes show a remarkable amount of detail, not just on the subject, but also on the background of his compositions.
During his lifetime Robie travelled extensively in Europe, visiting Italy, Spain, France and Germany. He also spent time in the Middle East, and he wrote the most famous of his many travel his books Les Débuts d'un Peintre (1886) about his long stay in India.
Robie exhibited at the Brussels Salon from 1843 until 1875, winning a number of medals. He made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1863, participated in the 1880 exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts and went on to exhibit in Antwerp and Ghent before exhibiting at the 1885 World Fair in Paris. He was knighted in 1861 and continued to receive various honors from then onward.
Belgian painter who specialized in flower painting, and later seascapes, landscapes and Oriental scenes.
He was born in Brussels, the son of a smith, and was initially self-taught. With the encouragement of his friend the artist Théodore Fourmois he later began studying at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels with Balthazar-François Tasson (later Tasson-Snel) and exhibited at the Brussels Salon from 1843 to 1875, as well as at the Paris Salon and elsewhere.
He also wrote many travel books based on his extensive travels as far as India.