Oil on canvas signed lower left
Provenance : Private collection "Sarlin
Paul-Désiré Trouillebert was born in 1829 in Paris.
He is one of the greatest landscape painters of the French 19th century. He is the artist closest to Corot both in the style of his painting and in the friendly relations that the two painters maintained throughout their lives.
Trouillebert is attached to the Barbizon school because of his predilection for the landscape motif as well as for his style. He trained with the renowned portraitist Ernest Hébert (1817-1908) and in the studio of Charles-François Jalabert (1819-1901). Trouillebert was first noticed for his portraits and nudes: the portrait of Mademoiselle A. allowed him to be accepted at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1865, where he exhibited until 1884.
Trouillebert traveled extensively in France, notably in Brittany, the Loire and on the banks of the Seine. He was part of the movement of traditionalist plain air painters, as he stated in an interview with a journalist from L'Echo de Paris in 1890: "I only work from nature, I do not admit the study copied in the studio. "
Our painting is a large format for this artist. Paul-Desiré Trouillebert gives us here a complete scene with two characters walking on a path near a stream. Note the important place occupied by the sky, crossed by moving clouds and which, in the background, seems to merge with the water. The artist uses a rich and subtle palette of greys, greens and grey-blues to represent the sky, the vegetation and their reflections on the water. In the front, small white touches suggest the flowers that line the path and that the walker picks. As is often the case in Trouillebert's work, the effects of transparency give the trees a particular vibration thanks to the typical ochre preparation used. Still on its original canvas, this painting is in very good condition. The painting is in its beautiful original frame in wood and gilded stucco.
Paris, Orsay Museum
Paris, Petit Palais
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Baltimore, Walters Art Museum
Cleveland, Museum of Art
Saint Petersburg, Hermitage Museum
Valparaiso, Fine Arts Museum
"Paul Désiré Trouillebert (1829-1900)" by Claude Marumo, Thomas Maier and Bend Müllerschon.