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The Forest of Fontainebleau, located about 50 miles southeast of Paris, held a singular place in 19th-century art. Variously called “savage,” “wild,” “romantic,” and “beautiful” by visitors, Fontainebleau’s topography was viewed in many ways that reflected the sensibilities of the time. 

This is the first English-language publication to examine the significance of the region to the plein-air tradition in France. The book highlights four pivotal figures in the evolution of landscape painting: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Théodore Rousseau, Jean-François Millet, and Claude Monet. It integrates into this history the photographers who worked at Fontainebleau, including Eugène Cuvelier and Gustave Le Gray, and explores the role the forest played in the development of early photography. It also considers the reception of paintings of Fontainebleau at the Salons and the influence of Fontainebleau on the advent of Impressionism.

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ISBN-13: 9780894683459
Publisher: National Gallery of Art
Publication date: 02/28/2008
Pages: 207

About the Author

Kimberly Jones is associate curator at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Helga Aurisch is assistant curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Simon Kelly is associate curator at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. Sarah Kennel is assistant curator at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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