French Neoclassical Painter
Alexandre-Jean Nöel (1752-1834) was a student of Claude-Joseph Vernet, the leading landscape and marine painter of France in the 1760s to the 1780s. Vernet, a native of Avignon, had been sent to Rome in 1734 by a wealthy patron. In the next decade he established himself in Italy as a painter of real and imaginary landscapes of the Roman campaigns and the seacoast. He advised his students, including Noël, to paint from nature out of doors, advice that was to have important consequences for French landscape painting in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.