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Frédéric Bazille

The Digital Catalogue Raisonné

by Michel Schulman
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Small Valley in the Forest of Fontainebleau

Huile sur toile
52,3 x 65 cm - 21 x 25 9/16 in.
Signé en bas à droite : F Bazille
Collection particulière
Dernière mise à jour : 2022-04-02 05:50:05
Référence : MSb-15


Vente Christie's, Londres, 29 novembre 1993, n° 104 - Vente Paris-Drouot, 17 juin 1996, n° 13 - Vente Sotheby's, New York, 23 mai 1997, n° 43 - Vente Sotheby's, Londres, 22 juin 2017, n° 379 - Vente galerie Kodl, Prague, 29 novembre 2020, n° 152.


As far as we know, never exhibited


Schulman, Frédéric Bazille : Catalogue raisonné, 1995, n° 15, repr. p. 124 - Schulman, Frédéric Bazille : Catalogue raisonné numérique, 2022, n° 15.

The stay in the region of Chailly and Barbizon in 1865 was the occasion for Bazille to make several interesting pictorial experiments, subject to different influences including those of Courbet and Rousseau but also close to impressionism. Bazille then executed several works, including this Landsape at Chailly.

Technically, as in the other Landscape at Chailly, Bazille uses a nervous and eventful touch and, through this, seems to want to render only the masses and volumes. This is why we can say that these are more suggested than drawn. It is the richness of the color that makes this painting so original, and this is what brings it unquestionably closer to Impressionism. The light is always intense and the sky, although from  Ile-de-France, seems to want to announce those of his native Languedoc, which he would find a few weeks later.