An Exquisitely Beautiful Original Oil Painting by the renowned French painter, Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Pena, Signed lower right... One of the original founders of the Barbizon Movement of Art in 19th century France. Such depth and beauty, one of the Artist's most Beautiful Fontainebleau Romantic forest scenes.. This Romantic scene of nature, a Deep Forest scene, you can see the bright blue of the sky in the horizon, at the end of the Forest. The figure of a Shepherd and Two Cows are meandering in the woods..
Housed in it's Outstandingly Beautiful and Ornate Original Gilt Frame, with the Diaz plaque at center. This Painting is Oil on Wood Panel, which is wonderful as Paintings on wood usually age very well. I just recently had this Painting professionally cleaned and revarnished by a highly regarded and very reputable Art Conservator, and I have just been thrilled to see this 19th century Painting come alive again! So Beautiful! Signed lower right in red and black paint "N Diaz".
Including its Gorgeous Frame, the Painting measures 19" by 17"1/2 inches, without frame it is 10"1/2 inches by 9" inches.
A few biographies about Narcisse Diaz:
Courtesy of JAMA:
The incense-like aroma of fall foliage, bracing air, and brilliant hues of leaves invigorate the psyche, and one’s energy level seems to rise with the approach of autumn. The celebration of the glories of the natural world was intrinsic to works by Barbizon school painter Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña (1807-1876). He coaxed the charm of a mysterious, primeval forest into his pictures, creating a calm beauty, a marked contrast with his own calamitous life.
Diaz was born in Bordeaux, France, to refugees from Spain. His father traveled on to London but died there. His mother found work and made a home in Sèvres but died when Diaz was around 10 years of age. Further tragedy occurred during a traipse through the woods of the region, where he received a bite from some creature. The wound eventually led to the loss of his leg, but the use of a prosthesis did not seem to impede his progress in life. He began an artistic career as a painter of porcelain, but proceeded to develop a wider oeuvre that came to include figures and eventually the sumptuous landscapes that radiated a joy in nature. Of incalculable importance to his future endeavors was his encountering painter Théodore Rousseau around 1830-1831. Diaz subsequently traveled to the Fontainebleau forest while Rousseau was working in the region, and in viewing Rousseau’s paintings, Diaz caught a vision for his own life’s work, augmented by Rousseau sharing his knowledge and technique with the admiring acolyte. (Thomson DC. The Barbizon School of Painters: Corot, Rousseau, Diaz, Millet, Daubigny, Etc. New York, NY: Scribner & Welford; 1890:169-198;"
Regarding the Barbison School movement : (courtesy of wikipedia)
"The Barbizon school of painters were part of an art movement towards Realism in art, which arose in the context of the dominant Romantic Movement of the time. The Barbizon school was active roughly from 1830 through 1870. It takes its name from the village of Barbizon, France, near the Forest of Fontainebleau, where many of the artists gathered. Some of the most prominent features of this school are its tonal qualities, color, loose brushwork, and softness of form.... I
This measures approx. 19" x 17" x 2 7/8"" deep in Frame. .The Painting itself measures 10"1/2 inches by 8"3/4 .The spectacular gold gilt Barbizon frame is just under 3" deep, truly a stunning piece..