A Woodland Riverscape
Prosper Antoine Marilhat (d. 1847)
France; ca. 1837-41
Signed Oil-on-panel with original gilt plaster signature “Paris Salon” frame
55.8 x 81.2 cm
94 x 117 cm (with frame)
The present landscape, depicting a woodland scene along the bank of a river, shows a relaxing drover and his dog with cattle in the background. The river could represent the Thiers or Allier Rivers.
This painting from the early part of Marilhat’s career was probably realized between 1837-41, when the artist was about twenty-six to thirty years-of-age. The elaborate custom frame could indicate it may have been exhibited at the Paris Salon where the artist had his debut in 1837 and actively exhibited until voyages took him beyond France after 1841. The panel is painted with a pleasing naturally toned palette, capable detail and a well-managed treatment of light-and-shadow.
Marilhat’s career resulted in his respect as one of the leading Orientalist painters during the height of the movement. His masterpieces are found in various public museums like the Louvre, Musée Condé in Chantilly and Wallace Collection as well as in various private collections.
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