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Friday
Aug172018

William Morris Hunt: A Poetic Mood

William Morris Hunt - La Marguerite - 1853 - Oil on canvas - 46 x 35.5 in. - Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, MAAmerican artist William Morris Hunt (1824-1879) ( After leaving Paris, Hunt painted and used his family connections to establish art schools ) was born in Brattleboro, Vermont into a wealthy, well-positioned family. After three years at Harvard College, he left to join the wave of American artists who traveled to Europe during the nineteenth century. Cities like Munich, Düsseldorf, and Paris offered young artists superior teachers and examples of classical art as well as the latest trends. In Paris, Hunt studied with the influential Thomas Couture, who stressed the importance of sketching and preserving the freshness of one's first impressions. However, Hunt's most important encounter in Europe was with the French painter Jean-François Millet. Living near the village of Barbizon, Millet and several other artists painted rural landscapes infused with a poetic mood. These artists came to be known as the Barbizon School. In his painting and teaching, Hunt brought the Barbizon style back to America when he returned in 1856. His own work included portraits, murals, and scenes of everyday life.

The companionship of Millet had a lasting influence on Hunt's character and style, and his work grew in strength, in beauty and in seriousness. He was among the biggest proponents of the Barbizon school in America, and he more than any other turned the rising generation of American painters towards Paris. After leaving Paris, Hunt painted and used his family connections to establish several art schools.

Friday
Oct132017

Theodore Rousseau: A Barbizon Master

Theodore Rousseau - The Forest in Winter at Sunset - ca. 1846-67 - Oil on canvas - 64 x 102 3/8 in. (162.6 x 260 cm) - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (click photo for larger image)The Barbizon School was a group of landscape artists working in the area of the French town of Barbizon, south of Paris. They rejected the Academic tradition, abandoning theory in an attempt to achieve a truer representation of life in the countryside. They are considered part of the French Realist movement.

The Barbizon School artists are often considered to have sown the seeds of Modernism with their individualism, and they were the forerunners of the Impressionists, who took a similar philosophical approach to their art. Theodore Rousseau (1812-1867) is the best-known member of the group.

The work featured here is unrivaled for its scale and ambition. This monumental forest scene was begun early in Rousseau's career and remained unfinished at the time of his death. According to one account, Rousseau’s intention was to recreate the effect of a sunset he had seen in a section of Fontainebleau forest, in December 1845. “The tangled web of trees, denuded of foliage and suffused with deep color, conveys a sense of awe before nature that is amplified by the presence of two stooped peasants at the center.”

Friday
Oct182013

Charles-Fran├žois Daubigny

Charles-François Daubigny - Les Bords de l'Oise - 1859 - Oil on canvas - 35 3/8 x 71 5/8 in (90 x 182 cm) - Musee des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux (click photo for large image)Barbizon School painter, Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878) was one of the Barbizon School artists. He was a landscape painter who specialized largely in riverside scenes. The Barbizon School was a group of landscape painters working in the area of the French town of Barbizon, south of Paris. They rejected the Academic Classicism that dominated the art scene, abandoning theory in an attempt to achieve a truer representation of life in the countryside. Although they are considered part of the French Realist School, the Barbizon painters--including Daubigny--prefigured Impressionism.