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Essence of Spring, Chevreuse Valley

Essence of Spring, Chevreuse Valley

ca. 1885

Guillaumin did not achieve the renown of his more famous contemporaries, but he was highly respected by fellow artists, especially Van Gogh and Cézanne, who would sometimes join him to paint together. Until he won the French lottery in 1891, Guillaumin worked for the railroad and often painted working class scenes as well as sweeping views of the countryside. This landscape is dominated by bands of saturated color; the blooming cherry trees in the distance are the only clue that spring is in the air.
Oil on canvas
26 x 48 in. (66 x 121.9 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Renshaw
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, French Painting from SAM's Permanent Collection, Apr. 23, 2005 - Jan. 2, 2006

Rome, Italy, Complesso del Vittoriano, Da Corot a Monet: la Sinfonia della Natura, Mar. 5 - June 29, 2010.
Published ReferencesSerret, Georges and Dominique Fabiani. Armand Guillaumin, 1841-1927: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint. Paris, France: Editions Mayer, 1971. Cat. no. 120, reproduced.

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