The Forest of Fontainebleau, located about 50 miles southeast of Paris, held a singular place in nineteenth century art. Alternately called 'savage', 'wild', 'romantic', and 'beautiful' by visitors, Fontainebleau's topography was viewed in various ways that reflected the sensibilities of the time.
This is the first English language publication to examine the significance of the region to the plein air tradition in France. This book about 19th century French art highlights four pivotal figures in the evolution of landscape painting: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Theodore Rousseau, Jean-Francois Millet, and Claude Monet.
It integrates into this history the photographers who worked at Fontainebleau, including Eugene Cuvelier and Gustave Le Gray, and explores the role the forest played in the development of early photography.
This book about French art history also considers the reception of paintings of Fontainebleau at the Salons and the influence of Fountainebleau on the advent of Impressionism.
This art history book is one of many art books available from the National Gallery, which include art history books, art exhibition catalogues and gift books.