Born in Carpentras, Bidauld first studied painting with his older brother Jean-Pierre-Xavier in Lyon. In 1783 he traveled to Paris, where he won the favor of an art dealer and perfume dealer named Dulac. The latter subsidized Bidauld's trips to Italy, where he lived in Rome for five years and traveled extensively. Most of his contacts within the French artistic community in this city were history painters.
Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld, Roman Landscape with Viaduct, 1788
Kunstmuseum Basel, online collection http://sammlungonline.kunstmuseumbasel.ch/eMuseumPlus 04.09.2019