Virtual Visit: Plein Air Painting and the Barbizon School
Updated: Sep 22
In this visit, we're going to shift our focus from the 19th-century transformation of Paris' urban plan to transformations in 19th-century French art. We'll see how technological innovations like the paint tube along with political and social upheaval and the end of the monarchy motivated radical shifts in both the style and the subject matter of French painting. We'll do this both through an examination the established artistic conventions of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and through a closer look at one specific group of 19th century artists who deviated from those conventions: the Barbizon School. We'll end our tour in the forest of Fontainebleau at the Auberge Ganne, where the artists of the Barbizon School lived.
As usual, a brief reminder: the primary venue for this content is the stories feature on my Instagram page. All of the virtual visits will be saved in my story highlights. The purpose of the blog posts is to allow a greater audience (especially those without social media accounts) to benefit from the same content.
Now, let's look at some painting!
La voilà, a brief look at the Barbizon School and the way it broke with established traditions. See you back here next week when we'll examine how the Barbizon School acted as a sort of "hinge" between centuries-old traditions and the revolutionary new styles of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism and, by extension, how it set helped to set the stage for modern art.
* If you'd like more information about visits of the Forest of Fontainebleau and Barbizon, check out Anne Picard and Enjoy Fontainebleau.