"French School Of The Nineteenth Century, Walkers In Fontainebleau, Oil On Canvas"French School circa 1850
Fontainebleau landscape with walkers
Oil on canvas
21.5 x 31 cm
Framed : 32 x 41.5 cm
In good condition, some minor lacks due to a former frame abrasion on the right border (see photographs please)
This landscape is probably a view of the Fontainebleau Forest. These kind of scenes have been painted by Barbizon painters and by Camille Corot.
The village of Barbizon is very close to the forest of Fontainebleau and the painters who lived there took the most pittoresque views of spectacular stone-pits as subjects of their painting as for exampleCamille Corot did. There were also many walkers and hikers in these places as the artists had made them famous and fashionable.
The author of this charming little painting had precisely wanted to depict the savagery of the place and by contrast the walkers who made of it a pittoresque curiosity.
Even if in absence of signature or other indication, it's difficult to make any identification or attribution, hthe artist had a very good hand.