Houston Community News >> In the Forest of Fontainebleau at MFAH

6/16/2008 Houston-- Coming July 13, In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet Exhibition celebrates crucial, fertile period in art history when extraordinary convergence of talent brought new ideas to landscape interpretation.

Artists traveled to the rugged Forest of Fontainebleau near Paris from the early 1820s to the mid-1870s forging innovations in art that would resonate for generations to follow. There, among the rural villages and the vast and varied wilderness, inspired by the possibilities of painting in nature, rather than in the studio, they laid the groundwork for Impressionism, influenced the development of landscape photography, and raised early advocacy for nature conservancy. In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet examines the impact made by the artists’ colony at Fontainebleau.

The exhibition, organized by the National Gallery of Art in association with the MFAH, presents more than 100 works from collections around the world that trace the dual evolution of landscape painting and photography at Fontainebleau. It features multiple works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Claude Monet, the artists who represent the ends of the experimental spectrum at Fontainebleau, and also highlights works by Jean-François Millet and Théodore Rousseau, who were among the most diligent students of the forest and eventually made it their permanent home. Among the ten photographers represented are such pioneers of the field as Gustave Le Gray, Eugène Cuvelier, and Charles Famin.

On view July 13 through October 19, 2008, in the Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street.