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Misty Landscape with Woodcutters around a Fire

Photo credit: The Bowes Museum

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Deshayes painted a number of works depicting woodcutters. It is possible that such imagery was inspired by his time at the Forest of Fontainebleau, where the issue of deforestation was highly contentious. Many trees were being felled to supply the urban regeneration of a fast-expanding Paris. In this painting the focus rests on the centre of a stark foreground where men sit on recently cut tree-trunks watching a smoking fire.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle


Date

1860s

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 21.9 x W 30.3 cm

Accession number

B.M.398

Acquisition method

bequeathed by the Founders, 1885

Work type

Painting


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Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP England

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