Dimensions: H. 22 x W. 16 cm (H. 8.7 x W. 6.3 inches)
With frame: H. 41 x W. 34.5 cm (H. 16.1 x W. 13.4 inches)
Narcisse Virgilio Diaz de la Peña was born on August 20, 1807 in Bordeaux.
In 1822, he studied how to be a decorative painter of porcelain at Cabanel’s workshop.
In 1829, he copied Correggio’s paintings at the Louvre. He met Léon Cabat, Camille Flers, Honoré Daumier and Paul Huet.
In 1831, Diaz met Théodore Rousseau. This is also the year when he first sent his paintings to the Salon Officiel.
From 1831 to 1844, Diaz gained great success and received many prestigious orders.
In 1835, he visited Barbizon for the first time and from this year forward Diaz spent his time painting in the forest of Fontainebleau where his palette took on some coppery tones.
In 1845, he received Order of the Duke of Aumale for the ceiling of Chantilly Castle.
In 1847, he received the Deuxième classe medal at the Salon des Artistes Français.
In 1848, he received the Première classe medal at the Salon des Artistes Français.
From 1854 to 1872, Diaz de la Peña went to Etretat in Normandy where he met and painted with Boudin and Jongkind.
In 1863, he met Renoir, Sisley and Monet in Barbizon.
Our painting is representative of the artist’s talent. Narcisse Diaz de la Peña was known for being a talented colorist and he mainly painted undergrowth with tones of brown, orange, and especially gold which is the most recognizable. The female figure that was placed in the center of the composition introduces a pop of bright color and helps to create the perspective effect. There is a luminous gap in the sky that comes from the middle of the high trees. It is remarkable the way in which Diaz de la Peña was able to render the reflections of the sky and the vegetation on the pond.
Paris, Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay
London, Wallace Collection
London, National Gallery
Moscow, Tretyakov Gallery
Amsterdam, Municipal Museum
Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art
- Pierre et Rolande Miquel, Narcisse Diaz de la Peña, Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre peint, 2006 ;
- E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire des Peintres Sculpteurs Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Tome IV, p. 548-549.
Price : on request