The 19th-Century French Artists in Search of Truth and Beauty in Rural Life

The importance of the Barbizon School of painters

Christopher P Jones
7 min readFeb 15, 2024

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The Angelus (1857–1859) by Jean-François Millet. Oil on canvas. 55.5 × 66 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France. Image source Wikimedia Commons

The emergence of the French Impressionist painters of the 1870s didn’t come from out of nowhere.

The Paris-based conjurors of light found a new mode of making paintings that constituted a break with the traditions of European…

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