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Promenade in the Woods

Carolus-Duran (French, 1838-1917)


Best known for his portraits of famous Parisians, Carolus-Duran also painted landscapes. This one, his first major work, shows his awareness of the Barbizon School. Courbet's influence is also apparent, especially in the broad sweeps of the palette knife and the sonorous greens and browns of forest shade. The canvas is probably set in Fontainebleau, the artist's favorite site during this period.

The relationship of the couple strolling in the forest is unclear. The woman, who appears to be wearing the garb of mourning, resembles the artist's mother.

Object Information

artist
Carolus-Duran (French, 1838-1917)
creation date
1861
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
60 x 106 in.
other title
La Promenade sous bois
accession number
1983.185
credit line
Gift of Judge and Mrs. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr.
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945
colors