Barbizon and Beyond
Nineteenth-Century French Landscapes
In the mid-nineteenth century, a number of French artists immersed themselves in the landscape of their country. They produced detailed views of ordinary locations, images that suggest a deep understanding of and appreciation for the specific, local character of the natural world around them. The Forest of Fontainebleau was a favorite subject, and the nearby town of Barbizon, where the artists were often based, gave its name to this school of painting. But several artists also brought this down-to-earth vision to locations around France and other countries. This exhibition features paintings and prints that reflect the distinctive character of a wide range of landscapes.
Curated by Sarah Lees.