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The Pond at Fontainebleau (La Mare Fontainebleau)

Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña

European Art

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For Diaz, like so many of the Barbizon painters, the Fontainebleau Forest outside of Paris proved a constant source of inspiration. In these two paintings, the painter adopts a similar compositional strategy, using large trees to frame a body of water or a clearing at the center of his scene. Diaz plays with the patterns of light and shadow created by sunlight filtering through the leaves onto the forest floor. He uses thick, black strokes to define the contours of the trees, as is particularly evident in the upper left corner of Forest Scene. In his autumnal pond scene, Diaz adds a touch of incident with the presence of a wood gatherer and her canine companion.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1875
    DIMENSIONS 17 7/8 × 21 15/16 × 5 in. (45.4 × 55.7 × 12.7 cm) 29 1/2 × 33 1/4 in. (74.9 × 84.5 cm) frame: 29 × 32 1/2 × 4 in. (73.7 × 82.6 × 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: "N. Diaz 75"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña (French, 1807–1876). The Pond at Fontainebleau (La Mare Fontainebleau), 1875. Oil on panel, 17 7/8 × 21 15/16 × 5 in. (45.4 × 55.7 × 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.792 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 32.792_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 32.792_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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