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Une Rue le Soir [A Village Street at Evening]
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Une Rue le Soir [A Village Street at Evening]
This highly atmospheric pastel is illustrative of the haunting sense of melancholy which Cazin could conjure up in his best work. In nocturnal scenes such as this he appears far closer to the Symbolists of his era than to his Impressionist contemporaries. Given the relatively flat topography of this scene it may well be that it depicts a village in Seine-et-Marne rather than one of the steeply sloping villages on the channel coast near Boulogne.

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Barbizon School

The Barbizon School were an informal group of artists who were active between about 1830-1870. The most important members of the group were Jean-François Millet, Théodore Rousseau, Charles Jacque, Jules Dupré and Constant Troyon. Both Camille Corot and Charles Daubigny were also associated with the group. The artists would gather to paint in the forest of Fontainebleau near the village of Barbizon, a name which later historians used to refer to them. They rejected the melancholic romantic landscapes favoured by bourgeois patrons, and instead sought greater realism in their work by drawing directly from nature. Some of their rural imagery of woodland, peasants and livestock was inspired by Dutch seventeenth century painting.

Pastel

A drawing material made from ground pigment bound with enough gum or resin to hold it together in a stick, often smudged on paper to produce soft, atmospheric effects.

Symbolism

The representation of subjects or ideas by use of a device or motif to create underlying meaning. A literary and artistic movement that originated in France and spread through much of Europe in the late 19th century. There was no consistent style but rather an appeal to the idea of the artist as mystic or visionary and the desire to express a world beyond superficial appearances.

Barbizon School, Pastel, Symbolism

Details

  • Acc. No. D 5582
  • Medium Pastel on paper
  • Size 56.00 x 52.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2005