FRANÇOIS-ÉDOUARD BERTIN (Paris 1797 - 1871 Paris)

Mountainous Path at Meyringhen

Graphite heightened with white and red on brown wove paper
16 ¼ × 21 ½ inches (41.3 × 54.6 cm)
Annotated Meyringhen in graphite, upper left and in ink, upper right
Collector's mark of Marie Madeleine Aubrun, lower right

François-Édouard Bertin was the son of Louis-François Bertin, the well-known journalist and director of the Journal des débats, whose portrait by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) in the Louvre is one of the artist’s most celebrated works. Francois-Édouard Bertin studied painting with Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld (1758-1846), Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson (1767-1824), and Ingres. He worked primarily as a landscape painter and exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1827 to 1853. In 1854, he took over the direction of the Journal des débats after the death of his brother Armand, but continued to draw and paint until his own death in 1871.
Bertin’s artistic pursuits took him to Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. Our sheet—a landscape in the Swiss countryside—relates to a drawing in the collection of the Musée départemental de l’Oise, Beauvais, France