Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 22 May 1990, lot 183.
The artists of the Barbizon enclave near the Forest of Fontainebleau introduced a new way of examining nature. The Barbizon painters were predominantly landscape artists who rebelled against the classical and academic traditions of the Academy and the Salon and looked at nature in a new way. They were the first to paint out-of-doors, often on a small scale that was portable which enabled them to catch, with a new sensitivity, the effects of light that was impossible when working within the confines of a studio. Outdoor sketching in oil was standard practice for most Barbizon artists, and the forests and meadows of Barbizon provided myriad opportunities for capturing the beauty and changeability of the landscape. From this tradition, particularly the work of Corot and Courbet, sprouted the seeds that would eventually nurture the Impressionist movement and change the course of artistic perception at the end of the 19th Century.
Christie's is once again at the forefront in presenting for sale a selection of works by the leading artists of the Barbizon School. Examples by Corot, Courbet, Harpignies, Rousseau, Millet and Daubigny highlight this group dedicated to the genius and perception that define the Barbizon School.
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