The caption text for this painting says the artist was inspired by the works of the French Barbizon school. Can you tell me something about that school of painting?
Great question! The French Barbizon school of the mid-1800s was interested in achieving greater naturalism in art, especially in carefully observed scenes of workers, peasants, and rustic landscapes. They often painted in darker tones, with loose brushwork.
The Barbizon painters looked at the landscape as an important subject in itself, instead of just using it as a background for stories from myth or history. You may have heard of the painters Jean-François Millet or Theodore Rousseau? They were two of the the best known Barbizon painters.