19th Century European Art
We hope that our expansive collection of works by renowned artists such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Jean-Francois Millet will inspire and promote understanding of Barbizon's rich art history even to those who are not yet familiar with this art period.
Barbizon painters themselves were part of a movement towards realism in art, which arose in the context of the dominant Romantic movement of the time. They were the first to define landscape as a valid art form, replacing the old elitist subjects such as portraits of aristocrats, and religious and historical scenes. As well as the subject form, some of the most prominent features founded by the Barbizon artists include tonal qualities, dim colouring, loose brushwork, and softness of form. Spanning half a century, from the mid-1820s through the 1870s, this artistic movement gave rise to the Barbizon artists and laid the groundwork for Impressionism.
Jean Baptiste Camille Corot
Corot was twice awarded a first place medal at the Salon, and after the French Revolution of 1848 he was admitted as a member of the Salon jury (1848-1849) and then promoted to an officer of the Salon in 1867. Corot is now regarded as one of the greatest landscape painters the world has seen, along with Meindert Hobbema (1638-1709), Claude Lorrain (c1600-1682), Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) and John Constable (1776-1837).
We takes pride in having the largest private collection of Corot's paintings in the world. Many of our collections are from his later years when he had become an established exponent of landscape painting. We aspire to one day overtake the Louvre Museum in Paris and become the largest collector of Corot's artworks.
Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) moved to Barbizon with his family following the Revolution of 1848 and all his life he painted peasant figures with blunt realism and quiet dignity.
Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña
Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878) was among the most accomplished artists who joined Corot in the French countryside to study naturalistic art.
Stanislas Victor Edouard Lépine
Stanislas Victor Edouard Lépine (1835-1892) met Corot in 1859 and subsequently became his student the following year.
Léon Richet (1847-1907) was born into a generation of painters during the height of the Barbizon.