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Henri Paul Rolland (1891-1923) - The outdoor celebration

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This peaceful and dreamy painting depicts a group of elegantly dressed people in a magnificent park. The painting has wonderfully vivid colors and many lovely details, the longer one looks, the more one discovers. It strongly embodies the spirit of the Barbizon School, and echoes paintings by the likes of Diaz de La Pena and Adolphe Monticelli. Our painting, signed to the right, is one of the finest examples in the oeuvre of Henri Paul Rolland. \r
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The Barbizon School, flourishing in the mid-19th century in France, played a crucial role in reshaping the trajectory of art history. Led by artists like Theodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet, this group rejected the conventions of studio painting in favor of working directly from nature. Their choice to paint outdoors ('en plein air') allowed them to capture the raw beauty of the countryside, showcasing the effects of light and atmosphere on landscapes. This emphasis on naturalism and the portrayal of everyday rural life laid the groundwork for the Impressionist movement that followed. The Barbizon artists' departure from idealized landscapes and their commitment to depicting the authenticity of nature significantly influenced artists like Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro. These Impressionists, in turn, adopted plein air techniques, focusing on the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere in their works. Moreover, the Barbizon School challenged the academic norms of their time, advocating for artistic freedom and experimentation. Their pursuit of genuine emotion and connection with nature rather than adhering strictly to academic rules and historical themes marked a shift towards a more personal, expressive form of art. Its devotion to capturing nature truthfully, their innovative plein air techniques, and their departure from academic traditions not only impacted the art world during their time but also laid the foundation for the revolutionary changes that unfolded in subsequent art movements. \r
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Oil on panel measures ca. 70 by 93 cms and with its frame (offered as gift) ca. 108 by 88 cms. \r
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Provenance: Private collection France\r
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Beautiful and ready to hang, faint crack in panel visible on the back. \r
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Likely early 1900s. \r
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#Tableau. Q1\r

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This peaceful and dreamy painting depicts a group of elegantly dressed people in a magnificent park. The painting has wonderfully vivid colors and many lovely details, the longer one looks, the more one discovers. It strongly embodies the spirit of the Barbizon School, and echoes paintings by the likes of Diaz de La Pena and Adolphe Monticelli. Our painting, signed to the right, is one of the finest examples in the oeuvre of Henri Paul Rolland. \r
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The Barbizon School, flourishing in the mid-19th century in France, played a crucial role in reshaping the trajectory of art history. Led by artists like Theodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet, this group rejected the conventions of studio painting in favor of working directly from nature. Their choice to paint outdoors ('en plein air') allowed them to capture the raw beauty of the countryside, showcasing the effects of light and atmosphere on landscapes. This emphasis on naturalism and the portrayal of everyday rural life laid the groundwork for the Impressionist movement that followed. The Barbizon artists' departure from idealized landscapes and their commitment to depicting the authenticity of nature significantly influenced artists like Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro. These Impressionists, in turn, adopted plein air techniques, focusing on the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere in their works. Moreover, the Barbizon School challenged the academic norms of their time, advocating for artistic freedom and experimentation. Their pursuit of genuine emotion and connection with nature rather than adhering strictly to academic rules and historical themes marked a shift towards a more personal, expressive form of art. Its devotion to capturing nature truthfully, their innovative plein air techniques, and their departure from academic traditions not only impacted the art world during their time but also laid the foundation for the revolutionary changes that unfolded in subsequent art movements. \r
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Oil on panel measures ca. 70 by 93 cms and with its frame (offered as gift) ca. 108 by 88 cms. \r
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Provenance: Private collection France\r
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Beautiful and ready to hang, faint crack in panel visible on the back. \r
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Likely early 1900s. \r
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#Tableau. Q1\r

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