Antique French Impressionist Oil Painting on Canvas Landscape of Cows Ernest Ange Duez Circa 1880

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A good 19th century oil on canvas painting by Ernest Ange Duez (1843–1896), the painting circa 1880. The scene depicts cows grazing on a plateau above the ocean. The auction record for this artist was a little over one million dollars including buyers premium, sold at Sotheby's NY in 28th April 2010. 

Duez was a French painter of genre scenes, portraits, landscapes and religious subjects. Although he was an admirer of Édouard Manet and owned paintings by Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Berthe Morisot, his palette was more subdued than that of most of the Impressionists, and his technique more controlled. His style, between that of the conservative Paris Salon and Impressionism, has been called juste milieu, and he has been compared to Alfred Stevens, Giuseppe De Nittis, and James Tissot.

Duez studied painting under Isidore Pils. He first exhibited at the Salon in 1868 with Mater Dolorosa, and achieved success there in 1874 with a third-class medal for his paintings Splendeur and Misère. He won other medals there subsequently.

Landscapes and seaside scenes were often inspired by the Normandy countryside around Villerville and Le Havre. In 1879 at the Salon he exhibited the large triptych Saint Cuthbert,  depicting the stages of the life of Cuthbert set in landscapes based on the countryside around Villerville. Considered his greatest work, it is now in the Musée d'Orsay.

Duez carried out a number of commissions for the adornment of public buildings in Paris. These included Novembre and Décembre in the Palais Garnier's Galerie du glacier, Virgile s’inspirant dans les bois (1888) for the Sorbonne, La Botanique and La Physique (1892) for the Hôtel de Ville's Salon des Sciences, and L’heure de la tétée à la maternité (1895) for the Assistance publique - Hôpitaux de Paris.

21" wide X 14.5" tall

53.5 cm X 37 cm

26.5" wide X 19.75" tall X 2" deep (Framed)

67.5 cm X 50 cm

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