ANTOINE CLAUDE PONTHUS-CINIER
1812 – 1885
Landscape with Ruins and Lake in Afternoon Sun
Oil on canvas
Antoine Claude Ponthus-Cinier was a French artist known for his historical landscapes. Although he was born in Lyons, Ponthus-Cinier seems to have studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and enrolled in the studio of Delaroche. In 1841 he received the second Prix de Rome for historical landscape painting and left for Italy for two years. Returning to France in 1844, he settled in Lyons but spent his entire life roaming France in search of sites of natural beauty that would remind him of Italy.
He left numerous views of Alpine landscapes, and of Savoie, the Dauphiné, Ardèche, the Massif Central, and the Pyrenees. He had a special preference, however, for the regions close to Lyons (the Dombes,the Bugey,and the Ain. Exhibited in Lyon from 1836 until his death, and in Paris 1841-67. Ponthus-Cinier was especially fond of depicting landscapes characterised by the combination of rocky slopes which structure the site, and the vegetation which animated it. Frequently a body of water, reflecting the light, providing a poetic note to a somewhat arid landscape.
This calm landscape with distant mountain is possibly a view East of Orange in Provence.