This is a major work by Lavieille, whose teacher, Corot, considered a close friend and one of his two best students (the other being Chintreuil, see lots 266-267). Our painting was one of only three landscapes which Lavieille exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1861.
Lavieille began his career engraving works by Millet and Jacque and was, by 1841, studying with Corot. His first of many exhibits at the Paris Salon was in 1844; he went on to win medals there in 1849, 1864 and 1870, and was made a knight of the Légion d'Honneur in 1878. He lived and painted in Barbizon for many years and also painted the forests of Fontainebleau. After 1878, Lavieille moved to the Seine-et-Marne district and painted the countryside west of Chartres.