The Barbizon School and 19th-Century French Landscapes
In the 1820s artists began visiting the village of Barbizon near the forest of Fontainebleau, drawn by the magical concentration of picturesque trees and rock formations. By the late 1840s Rousseau, Millet, and Jacque had settled there to paint both the landscape and peasant life. Working out-of-doors to capture specific effects in nature, they developed a gestural handling of paint to record the immediacy of their observations.
The central appeal of Barbizon painting for me is found in the way in which paint is employed to capture form, color and texture, while retaining its essence as a physical substance. It is the awareness of this simultaneous interaction that allows me to participate in the artist's creative process.
Because the best works of the leading Barbizon painters are still available and relatively inexpensive when compared with other movements in French art, my primary focus is on the works of Corot, Millet, Rousseau, Daubigny, Dupré, Troyon, Diaz and Jacque.
Currently we have available:
James Francis Danby (British 1816-1875)
Charles Victor Guilloux (French 1866-1949)
Henri-Joseph Harpignies (French 1819-1916)
Washing the Laundry, 1875
Georges Michel (French 1763-1843)
Windmills, Montmartre, circa 1825
Jean-Francois Raffaelli (French 1850-1924)
The Harbor, Genoa, circa 1880