Forest at Fontainebleau
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.
Oil on canvas
Center of stretcher frame: Red wax seal "VENTE BARYE"
Lower left: "BARYE"
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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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