Antique French Oil on Canvas Painting Barbizon School Landscape Cows by Victor Jean Binet 1875

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French, 1849-1924
This very attractive & early painting by Binet circa 1875, quintessentially defines the late Barbizon School period. Depicting a pair of cows in a bucolic landscape, one grazing and one resting, within a wooded area and a lake to the background. The painting is signed lower right "V. Binet" and is housed in the original lavishly gilded gesso frame, the painting and frame are in excellent condition, no damage or restoration.

​Binet exhibited widely in France and London and was known as an established landscape painter of the time. Binet was exposed to the leading avant garde artists of his time and was greatly influenced by and worked with Constant Troyon, who along with Jules Dupre and Narcisse Diaz, formed the nucleus of the Barbizon School. The Barbizon School artists roamed the French countryside and the Fontainbleau Forest in search of rural environments for their subject matter. Their work was marked by herds of cows, sheep at their watering places and peasants tending to animals and farming. Stylistically, their brushwork used a heavy impasto and a palette that was centered on the natural dark greens of the forest, the earth colors of the soil and the kaleidoscopic colors of the sky. From the middle of the 1800s, Normandy, Brittany, Barbizon and Fontainebleau served as destinations for artists who were attempting to break away from the academic tradition of painting. They sought to leave the ateliers and work out-of-doors, en plein air. These areas, not so far from Paris, provided the beautiful country landscape of luscious, romantic forests and the hills and valleys that lead to the rugged coastline. Binet's work is highly collectable and can be found in public and private art collections across the world.

At Sight 16" width x 13" height X 1" depth


25 inches high × 28 inches wide × 3.25 inches deep


high × wide x deep

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