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Forest at Fontainebleau

Antoine-Louis Barye

European Art

Known primarily as a sculptor of predatory encounters between animal species, Barye also painted the varied landscape of the Fontainebleau Forest in a number of oil studies. Here he depicts the gorge of either Apremont or Franchard, both of which are characterized by rugged rock formations. Barye’s deliberately coarse handling of his medium provides a tactility of surface evocative of the landscape itself. He kept such works in a cupboard, showing them only to close friends and colleagues.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES n.d.
    DIMENSIONS 6 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. (16.2 x 31.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Center of stretcher frame: Red wax seal "VENTE BARYE"
    SIGNATURE Lower left: "BARYE"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Purchased by Special Subscription
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1795-1875). Forest at Fontainebleau, n.d. Oil on canvas, 6 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. (16.2 x 31.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 10.92 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 10.92_SL1.jpg)
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