A Brief Look at Barbizon

Located on the perimeter of the forest of Fontainebleau, Barbizon welcomed a group of well-known artists during the 19th Century. The realist landscape painters such as D'Aubigny, Millet or Rousseau settled in Barbizon to paint in nature, looking for authenticity in opposition to the Romanticism movement.

This art movement, known as the Barbizon School, influenced the Impressionists Sisley and Pissarro. They were followed by photographers such as Le Gray, Denecourt and Cuvelier, who came to Barbizon to plant their tripods and take photos of the forest. The resulting images had a dramatic effect and enhanced the touch of genius of photography.