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Figure in a Dark Forest, c.1870

oil on canvas 20x26, 28x34 Framed


Barbizon artists are considered the first "plein-aire" painters, painting directly on site rather than completing their scenes in studios from sketches. These new landscape painters expressed fascination with changing seasons, changing times of day and the effects of transient light on the landscape. Barbizon artists had no uniform style but were identified because of their commitment to portraying the details of the natural world rather than the formal and romanticized images of their predecssors. By the mid-19th century there was a large and loosely organized movement with hundreds of notable adherents. This work is guaranteed to be 19th century and is unsigned like many paintings of this period. It is in the manner of the French Barbizon painters inspired by Camille Corot.

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