François-Auguste Ravier / Landscape / c. 1870-1884François-Auguste Ravier
c. 1870-1884

View Larger Image

View Full Catalog Record Below

This image is one of over 108,000 from the AMICA Library (formerly The Art Museum Image Consortium Library- The AMICO Library™), a growing online collection of high-quality, digital art images from over 20 museums around the world. offers subscriptions to this collection, the finest art image database available on the internet. EVERY image has full curatorial text and can be studied in depth by zooming into the smallest details from within the Image Workspace.
Preview the AMICA Library™ Public Collection in Luna Browser Now

  • Cultures and time periods represented range from contemporary art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works.
  • Types of works include paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, costumes, jewelry, furniture, prints, photographs, textiles, decorative art, books and manuscripts.

Gain access to this incredible resource through either a monthly or a yearly subscription and search the entire collection from your desktop, compare multiple images side by side and zoom into the minute details of the images. Visit for more information on the collection, click on the link below the revolving thumbnail to the right, or email us at .

Creator Name: Ravier, François-Auguste
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1814 - 1895

François-Auguste Ravier was born in Lyons in 1814. His father, a confectioner, wanted him to pursue a career as a notary, and the young Ravier went off to Paris in 1832 to study law. His spare time was taken up with drawing and painting, and he has been said to have attended the studios of Jules Coignet (1798-1860) and Aligny (q.v.). But according to Nathalie Favier, an expert on this painter, it is possible that Ravier received advice from a number of artists without having pursued any traditional artistic training.1 In 1837-38 he painted in the Paris area, in the forest of Fontainebleau, and in the Dauphiné and the Bugey, a region to the east of Lyons. In Royat, in 1839, he met Corot (q.v.), whom he revered the most. Between 1840 and 1847, no doubt following Corot's advice, Ravier went on a number of lengthy trips to Italy to draw and paint in the Roman countryside. Upon his return to Lyons, he worked in the surrounding countryside, and met with artists such as Daubigny (q.v.) and Corot. In 1853 Ravier purchased a house in Crémieu, his home for the next fourteen years. He began to perfect his method: drawing in the morning and painting outdoors later in the afternoon. Contrary to the usual procedure, his smaller studies painted at the site served as a reference point for his watercolors, elaborated with the greatest care in the peace and quiet of the studio. These watercolors were highly sought after by the first admirers of Ravier's work. When Crémieu became too popular, Ravier moved away. In 1867 he settled in Morestel, about twenty kilometers from Crémieu. It is there that he died, almost thirty years later. Ravier was a thinker and a religious man. It is not surprising that around 1855 Corot used him as a model for one of his canvases, in which he appears as a monk.2 Ravier described himself as a misanthrope; this is why he always lived on the sidelines and without the official honors. In addition, he exhibited little compared to his artist friends. Nevertheless, he exhibited watercolors and oils at Dussere's in Lyons starting in the 1870s, then watercolors only at the Salons of Paris, Lyons, Grenoble, and Geneva in the mid-1880s. He participated in the Salon of Lyons in 1893 and in the Exposition Universelle of Lyons in 1894 as well.3 By placing the temperament of the artist at the core of creation, Ravier invented a technique that could have had an influence on Monticelli (q.v.) and van Gogh (q.v.). The latter may in fact have known Ravier's work through the intermediary of his brother Theo. Between 1883 and 1886 Theo was in charge of Ravier's late works with the dealer Boussod-Valadon. Ravier was one of the first painters to take an interest in photography. Around 1849-50, he was already experimenting with this new technique, probably out of a desire to go as far as possible in his explorations of the phenomenon of light.

Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Lyons, 4 May 1814
Creator Death Place: Morestel, 26 June 1895
Creator Name-CRT: François-Auguste Ravier
Title: Landscape
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1870
Creation End Date: 1884
Creation Date: c. 1870-1884
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Drawing
Materials and Techniques: watercolor
Dimensions: Sheet: 27.7cm x 35.9cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1920.725
Credit Line: Gift of Mme. Félix Thiollier
AMICA ID: CMA_.1920.725
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

AMICA PUBLIC RIGHTS: a) Access to the materials is granted for personal and non-commercial use. b) A full educational license for non-commercial use is available from Cartography Associates at c) Licensed users may continue their examination of additional materials provided by Cartography Associates, and d) commercial rights are available from the rights holder.

Home | Subscribe | Preview | Benefits | About | Help | Contact
Copyright © 2007 Cartography Associates.
All rights reserved.