Narcisse Diaz de la Pena

Road in the Wood

Road in the Wood
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Author: Narcisse Diaz de la Pena
Landscape, Painting, Oil on panel, 29x35 cm
Origin: France, 1850s

The son of Spanish immigrants, Diaz de la Pena was a renowned painter and lithographer, and in the early 1850s he was associated with the artists of the Barbizon school, which took its name from the village of Barbizon, not far from Paris. As he painted the landscape around the forest of Fontainebleau, Diaz partly preserved the Romantic tendencies which were inherent in his early work. In this particular canvas the twisting trunks and branches of the trees seem to form arches through which the road leads into the depths. The sunlight which pierces through from behind the clouds and then through the thick crowns of the trees creates a decorative effect, forcing the grass in the meadow, the bark on the trees and the lacy green leaves to twinkle and sparkle. The dark, intense colouring is dominated by olive-green and sandy-brown tones, enlivened by greyish-blue strips of sky and the figure of a woman in red and blue walking along the road.

Source of entry: 1925
School: Barbizon

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