HUBER, Jean
(b. 1721, Geneve, d. 1786, Bellevue)

Voltaire Planting Trees

1750-75
Oil on canvas, 53 x 43 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Huber executed a cycle of paintings depicting the daily life of Voltaire. This cycle was offered to Catherine II of Russia, nine of cycle are at present in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Voltaire Narrating a Fable belongs to this cycle, although critics assume that it may be a copy after one of Huber's works in this cycle either by Huber himself or perhaps by Liotard after an Huber original.