19th-century French School oil on canvas signed Charles Edmond Renault (1829-1905). The work is smooth to the touch.
A captivating Barbizon school landscape, characterized by its subtle yet distinctive brushstrokes. The focal point of the composition is an imposing tree, occupying more than half of the scene. This dark, sprawling tree creates a striking contrast against the luminous horizon and the solitary figure clad in white aboard a boat. The depth of the landscape is skillfully conveyed through the interplay of light and volume, as well as the artist's choice of a discreet, nearly hidden perspective. The poetic essence of the landscape is encapsulated in this deliberate perspective and the powerful, yet understated contrast of light.
About the artist: Charles Edmond Renault (1829-1905) was a renowned French landscape painter born in Paris. He honed his skills under the tutelage of three prominent masters of realism and the Barbizon school, namely Camille Flers, Camille Corot, and Théodore Rousseau. Renault excelled in painting Norman and Breton landscapes, demonstrating a keen eye for detail and an innate ability to capture the poetic beauty in the simplest of subjects. He exhibited his works at the Salon from 1857 onwards and was an esteemed member of the French Artists Society.
- Overall Size: 43cm x 35cm / 16.9" x 13.7".
- Size without frame: 30cm x 21cm / 11.8" x 8.2".
- Country of Origin: France.
- Artist's Signature: Charles Edmond Renault (1829-1905).
- Creation Date: Mid-1800s.
- Condition: Despite its age, the canvas is in excellent condition, with only a few white marks on the pictorial layer. The antique wood frame bears some impact marks and lacks, with the most notable one being 1.7" on the bottom right.
- Materials: Oil on stretched canvas, housed within an antique wood frame.
- Shipping: Complimentary shipping to the US and Europe. A surcharge will be applied for deliveries to Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.