Leon Richet Still-Life Painting - At the Spring
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Leon Richet
At the Spring

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This delicately scaled scene of two peasant women pausing to collect water from a spring illustrates Richet’s unswerving devotion to nature. Ever faithful to the aesthetic canons of the Barbizon School, Richet has recreated the unadorned charm of provincial life of the second half of the nineteenth century. The light is natural and warm; the earth colors lush and skin tones pure. Richet refined the “plein air” technique of capturing the atmosphere of the scene in “situ,” only perfecting the compositional balance and harmony of this genre landscape within the confines of his studio. The result is a purely illuminated landscape that is naturally framed by the organic and human elements of the location. Léon Richet, the Barbizon landscape painter, was born in 1847 in Solesmes, a small village in northwest France famous for its Benedictine Abbey de Saint-Pierce de Solesmes founded in 1010. He died in Fontainbleau on March 26, 1907. Richet studied with Narcisse Diaz de la Pena (1808-1876) who enjoyed an international reputation as a Barbizon painter as well as Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1912) and Gustave Boulanger (1824-1888). His wonderful training prepared him for a career full of exhibitions and awards. Throughout his life he remained faithful to the principles of the Barbizon School. He also was influenced by Rousseau, his close friend.

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  • Artist
    Leon Richet (1847 - 1907, French)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
    Barbizon School
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Signed "Leon Richet", lower left
  • Dimensions
    H 36.63 in. x W 26.75 in.H 93.05 cm x W 67.95 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    LU56711965303
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Framed size 42" x 32.88"Price: $35,000
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