Figures in a boat passing a riverside town oil on canvas laid down on board 36.5 x 31cm (14 3/8 x 12 3/16in).
PROVENANCE: Collection of G. Bush, Esq Sale, Sotheby's London, 30 November 1977, lot 170 Private collection, UK
For a comparative work see A Mill, 1800-06, oil on canvas 27 x 34 cm, in the collection of Musee Marmottan, Paris.
Jean-Victor Bertin came from a family of master wig-makers. He studied at the Académie Royal from 1785 under Gabriel-François Doyen (1726-1806), but by 1788 he is known to have been studying with Pierre-Henri Valenciennes (1750-1819). Valenciennes encouraged him to paint Italianate landscapes imbued with an idealized heroic view of history in order to elevate a genre that he considered to be under valued.
Bertin was an early proponent of sketching 'en plein-air', a direct observation of nature, and encouraged his students to adopt a similar approach. One of his pupils was Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875) who worked with Bertin from 1822 following the death of Achille Michallon (1796-1822), until he left for Italy in 1825. Bertin exhibited regularly at The Salon until his death in Paris in 1842. In 1822 he was awarded the Légion d'Honneur.