Corot’s Studio (c.1860). Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (French, Realism, Barbizon School, 1796-1875). Oil on canvas.
Young Girl in Pink Dress Sitting by an Easel with a Mandolin.
Barbizon was more than just a place; it was an encompassing motif. Like other great motifs, it transcended geography. Inspirational and nurturing,the artists of the Barbizon School showed us the rapidly disappearing rural path to painterly “truth” well before the Impressionists trod the same forest and fields. Landscape painting was no longer subservient to history painting. It was history in the making.